Vivo Energy Ghana, the Shell licencee, has once again demonstrated its commitment to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic by donating over six thousand items of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the National COVID Case Management Team.
The donation forms part of the company’s comprehensive programme on COVID-19 prevention to complement government’s efforts at containing the virus and providing protection for frontline workers, especially those in the health sector.
The PPEs include 4,000 examination and surgical gloves, 1,000 N95 respirators, 1,000 goggles and 500 coveralls.
Presenting the items at the Ga East District Municipal Hospital, the Managing Director of Vivo Energy Ghana, Mr. Ben Hassan Ouattara, commended the hard work and selfless sacrifices of the COVID-19 Management Team and frontline workers for proactively working to contain the pandemic.
“In line with our vision of becoming Ghana’s most respected energy business, we have also been at the forefront of supporting government’s efforts in fighting COVID-19 through our community investment initiatives. We funded an e-learning application for students at home and donated hand-sanitisers and liquid soaps to some major bus terminals and retail stations,” he said.
Mr. Ouattara added that the company, together with its business partners, has launched a Retailer Sustainability Programme to facilitate the decentralisation of its COVID-19 prevention support in various communities.
He assured the public that in line with the company’s Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) intervention processes, it has equipped its Shell service stations with hand-sanitisers and other cleaning solutions as a precautionary measure. Customer Service Champions have also been encouraged to wash their hands regularly and sanitise them as often as possible when transacting business on Point of Sale devices. The company has also introduced other electronic payment options like mobile money at some of its service stations to reduce the handling of cash.
The Coordinator of the National COVID Case Management Team, Dr. Ali Samba who received the items, expressed his appreciation and commendation to the management and staff of Vivo Energy Ghana for their kind gesture.
“On behalf of the National COVID-19 Case Management Team and our frontline workers, we wish to express our profound gratitude to Vivo Energy Ghana for its timely and much needed intervention. As one of the treatment centres for COVID-19 cases, we are excited about the donation as PPE plays a very important the role in managing the virus,” he said.
Commenting on the number of cases, Dr. Samba said the Ga East Municipal Hospital has so far provided medical care for over 160 patients, discharged about 115, and is hopeful that the support will further ensure an increase in the number of recoveries.
He advised everyone to observe the safety protocols.