Aker Energy supports Ridge Hospital with items to fight COVID-19

Norwegian oil giant, Aker Energy, has presented some items to the Greater Accra Regional Hospital (Ridge) to support them cater for Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases that come to the facility.

The items, which where procured per advice from managers of the facility, consist of 1,000 disposable Personal Protective Clothing and 500 boxes of gloves at a cost of some GH¢195,000.

Speaking at the handing over event, Country Director of Aker Energy, Kadijah Amoah said that, the gesture is to ensure that the hospital has abundance of items at any point in time to cater for all COVID-19 cases.

“The effort here is just to say thank you for all the sacrifices that doctors and nurses are putting in to manage the cases that come to this facility. Not all of us can do their job, therefore we have to support their efforts. We are also here to support government efforts as well. No one anticipated this, therefore, all of us have to come together to fight.”

The company says that, it has also put in place strict measures at all levels of their operation to ensure that its staff and clients are safe.

The Head of Administration at the hospital, Adam Hardi, thanked Aker Energy for the donation and said it could not have come at a better time as the hospital was running out of supply. According to him, some of its suppliers of nose masks, hand gloves and other essentials to the hospital have hiked prices which is adversely affecting their finances.

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“We were buying a pack of face mask which is 50 pieces for less than GH¢20, but today we are buying it for over GH¢50. People are exploiting the situation and this is a public health issue, we are not charging the patients for anything as at now.  If we use the small resources, we have to buy these items at exorbitant prices, you can tell that we will run out of money soon,” Mr. Hardi told the media.

He said, the hospital is adjusting its facilities to ensure that it caters for more patients should the nation have more COVID-19 patients who would needs critical treatment. The nurses at the facility were elated about the gesture from Aker Energy and asked other player in the oils and gas extractive sector to emulate.

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