In an effort to cushion government’s response in the country to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Abosomankotere Cooperative Credit Union headquartered at Techiman, Bono East Regional capital, has presented assorted medical supplies to 30 health facilities.
The items valued at GH¢100,000 have been distributed to selected health facilities across the four operational regions of the Credit Union – Bono, Bono East, Ahafo and Northern. The medical supplies included 100 gallons of hand-sanitisers, 30 boxes of Guardian soap, 20 pieces of infrared clinical thermometers, 800 pieces of N-95 masks, 100 packs of personal protection equipment (PPE), 40 boxes of examination gloves and 150 bundles of tissue paper.
During a short handing-over ceremony held at Holy Family Hospital at Techiman, the Board Chairman of Abosomankotere Cooperative Credit Union, Simon Gagah, said the gesture is “in line with the credit union’s cherished tradition of good neighbourliness”. In addition to the donation, he announced that while stocks last Union-members and customers who enter its branches to transact business will take home a free hand-sanitiser.
Regarding front-line health workers in the fight against COVID-19, Mr. Gagah encouraged them to give of their best and act professionally in all instances. “We pray the good Lord to protect you as you continue to risk your lives for the wellbeing of humanity.”
Besides the donation toward the fight against COVID-19, the Board Chairman noted that the Credit Union in the past had embarked of many interventions as part of its corporate social responsibility drive. They include donation of two 80KVA standby generators estimated at GH¢250,000 to Holy Family Hospital and Techiman Pastoral and Social Centre of the Catholic Church, as well as the construction of a police station at Forikrom near Techiman among others.
Nana Apentang Fosu Gyeabour, Hansuahene/Techiman Bamuhene who received that items, thanked the Credit Union for its timely donation at this critical moment, and urged other corporate institutions and well-to-do individuals to emulate the example; indicating that government alone cannot shoulder the challenge, hence the appeal.
On his part, the Bono East Regional Minister, Kofi Amoakohene, described the items as handy and applauded the credit union for its kindness – calling on personnel of beneficiary health facilities to make judicious use of them. He reiterated government’s resolve to make provision for all the needed medical supplies and financial commitments to make the fight against COVID-19 a success.
The CEO of Abosomankotere Cooperative Credit Union, Prosper Aforbu, in an interview with B&FT advised the general public to remain calm – avoiding panic-withdrawals for stockpiling foodstuffs and other necessities, emphasising that: “Life will continue after COVID-19, and people should continue to trade with financial institutions. We are also ready to support businesses to revive”.
He expressed concern about the spate of misinformation about COVID-19, especially on social media, and in some traditional media outlets as well. He urged the Ghana Health Services to step up public education and sensitisation to reduce misinformation and stigmatisation in the system in order to help the country win the battle.