The coronavirus pandemic has taken the world by storm as economies and communities- large or small are seeking supports, including medical supplies and finance to contain one of the most devastating threats to global public health in recent decades.
This has suddenly sparked off a global solidarity to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, thus bringing together governments, organizations from across industries and sectors, as well as individuals to help respond to it.
In the interim, supports to health facilities in the country are mostly targeted at the major ones that are in the frontline of the battle. In this regard, the Sunyani East branch of the Rotary Club in Bono Region has taking upon itself to offer a helping to some small health facilities in deprived communities within its jurisdiction.
The Club has selected five deprived facilities that serve these communities-Odumase, Fiapre, Antwikrom, Nkrankrom and Dumasua/Ayakomaso. As its widow’s mite to the under-resourced health facilities, it has donated mini Veronica buckets, boxes of soaps and packs of disinfectants to aid handing washing which has been recommended as one of precautionary measures by the World Health Organization (WHO).
During a symbolic presentation at Hannah’s Maternity Home at Odumase, President of Rotary Club Sunyani East, Eric Adu Gyamfi, said the gesture was is support of government’s effort to fight the pandemic, adding that the Club is in the process to procure personal protective equipment (PPE) to assist health workers at the facilities.
He urged the health workers as front liners in the fight against the pandemic to be resolute in this material difficult times. “Continue the good work you are doing, never be discouraged. At a point if you not careful, it could get very discouraging, never give up. I know government is doing its best and we will also play our part in our small way to support the course.”
The Manager of the Maternity Home, Hannah Apprey, who received the items thanked Rotary Club for the kind gesture. She appealed to other organisations and well-to-do individuals to emulate the example of Rotary Club.
Hannah’s Maternity Home has been operating in the densely populated town of Odumase for over 30 years. On average, the facility takes care of about 13 cases every day.