Care Beyond Skin (CBS), the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative of Beiersdorf Ghana Ltd, importers and distributers of Nivea range of skincare products in the country, has embarked on another humanitarian mission to support healthcare workers in the country.
The CSR activity saw the donation of 50,000 Nivea creams and hand care products to the Ghana Health Service to be distributed to healthcare workers across the country to help keep their skin and hands well moisturised as they go ahead to save lives.
Country Manager, Beiersdorf CWA, Olivier Bodson stated that the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic is communal and his organisation is also committed to joining forces with communities to prevent the spread of the disease.
“Healthcare workers continue to provide essential services across the country in a bid to fight COVID-19. Doctors, nurses and medical practitioners across the country are constantly washing and disinfecting their hands as they treat and care for COVID-19 patients.
This means that their hands require extra care, protection and moisturizing due to the fact that frequent hand washing and sanitising can lead to extra dryness which leaves the skin prone to developing micro-tears,” he said.
He also indicated that the company has previously donated over 1,500 litre of hand sanitizers to government healthcare facilities, hospitals and vulnerable members of the community in an effort to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Director-General of Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, receiving the items, emphasised that the country is seeing a downward trend in the COVID-19 cases and that is due to the collaborative efforts between government and private sector to ensure that the frontline health workers are always provided for and are safe themselves to take care of patients.
“This is not forgetting the sacrifices, the healthcare workers themselves have done by putting themselves on the life-line and going to the extreme to save lives. We want to thank Beiersdorf for this important gesture, it is very motivational to know that someone is thinking not only about you but also your skin and hand as you frequently wash them in treatment of COVID-19 patients.
It will help boost the morale of health workers to deliver their best with the promise of keeping the pandemic under control. We are obviously on a downward trend as the number of new cases continues to go down however it is not happening in a vacuum, but hard work,” he said.
Commenting on the opening of the airports and the complaints that the compulsory test at the airport, which would cost each passenger US$150 is too expensive, he said: “the PCR testing is coming to replace a two weeks’ compulsory quarantine which is even more expensive, and we are also looking at something that takes of the time, accurate results and help the country to limit the importation of diseases.”