AstraZeneca, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has supported the government of Ghana Covid-19 Management Team with 35,000 surgical masks.
The donation was made on Wednesday, June 24 through representatives of AstraZeneca, and will help protect frontline health workers in their tireless fight to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Ghana.
As with any pandemic, those most at risk are health workers tasked to attend patients in their care.
AstraZeneca’s donation of protective face masks to the Ministry of Health will be distributed to Ghana’s frontline doctors, nurses and community healthcare workers, as they respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
As a global biopharmaceutical company committed to pushing the boundaries of science, AstraZeneca is working on various projects and rapidly progressing scientific advancements in the time of COVID-19.
These include COVID-19 monoclonal antibody research, investigating the potential of treatments, collaborating on COVID-19 diagnostic development, and partnering in the development and distribution of a potential COVID-19 vaccine.
William Ofori, representing AstraZeneca in Ghana commented: “Our thoughts are with those suffering as result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the brave healthcare workers who are caring for them.
“At AstraZeneca, we are committed to continuing our support to our Healthcare community in Ghana – not only through donations such as this, but also through supporting healthcare professionals to connect, share and learn by providing diverse platforms which offer access to evidence-based quality guidance on care to patients during this time.”
Receiving the masks, Dr. Bernard Oko Boye – Deputy Minister of Health, said with partnerships the war against COVID-19 will be won, but asked Ghanaians to take good care of themselves.
He expressed appreciation to AstraZeneca for the provision of surgical masks, which are needed to control the rate of transmission.
“I am also glad the company is at the forefront of partnering to find a vaccine,” he said.
Dr. Boye expressed hope that the partnership between AstraZeneca and the ministry will be sustained into the future.