COVID-19: UGMC Recieves PPEs & 15 Ventilators from China Community in Ghana

The University of Ghana Medical Center (UGMC) has received their share of Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) and other items from the Chinese Community in Ghana.

The donation done today, 18th June, 20202 consist of 15 Ventilators, 60 Nasal Masks, 1600 N95 Masks, 20,000 Medical Masks, 120 Protective Suits, 100Medical Goggles and Nutritional items such as Tombrown, Natural Milk etc.

All these PPEs and nutirtional items worth an amouny of 480,000 cedis equivalent to 80,000 United States of Dollars (USD).

Speaking at the donation ceremony at the premises of the Medical Center, the outgoing Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Shi Ting Wang believes that, this gesture by the Chinese Communirty in Ghana would support government efforts to fight the novel, Corona Virus.

“I hope these supplies can help Ghana win the battle as early as possible”, he added.

The items he acknowledged were donated through a partnership between the Chinese Embassy in Ghana and the Chinese Community.

Indicating that “the Covid-19 global pandemic is most extensive to afflict humanity in a century. A serious crisis for the entire world, and a daunting challenge, it poses a grave threat to human life and health.”

Stressing that, “This is a war that humanity has to fight and win revealing that, China launched a resolute battle to prevent and control its spread.

This is as a result of ensuring that, people’s lives and health is the most priority and achieving that, China he noted adopted extensive, stringent, and thorough containment measures, and has for now succeeded in turning the situation around.

However stated that, there are only a few home-grown confirmed cases in China right now hence a decisive victory was secured but are still vigilant and extremely cautious.

To him, there is the need for countries around the world to make choices that is right and are in the best interest of all humanity as well seeks the wellbeing of the future generations because the COVID-19 pandemic is raging the world; lives are lost every single day.

” Upholding the vision of a global community of shared future, we should support each other and join hands to contain the spread of the virus, and protect the health and wellbeing of people across the globe”, the outgoing Ambassador emphasized.

“Above others, China put it a top priority to help developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America – especially Africa –improve their capacity and performance in epidemic prevention and control”.

In addition to the medical supplies sent to over 50 African countries and the AU, and 7 medical expert teams dispatched to the continent, China he said will continue to offer more assistance to African countries within its power.

China and Ghana he revealed stood hand in hand since the beginning of the outbreak that, at the beginning of this year when China’s epidemic situation was in its most difficult period, Ghana lend a hand of support and in return, decided to equally suppoet Ghana since the outbreak in March.

“China spares no pains to help Ghana and other African countries in fighting against the virus”, he stressed.

China is the first country to send medical supplies by chartered flight to Ghana. In the past few month, batches after batches of medical donations have been sent to Ghana in different ways, including Chinese government assistance, Jack Ma foundation, the local Chinese community and enterprises donations, and etc, he recounted.

He therefore assured the Deputy Minister of Health, Dr. Okoe Boye of China continuous support in the future to enhance strategic communication between China and Africa.

As well as build consensus on uniting to fight against the pandemic, revealing that, an Extraordinary China-Africa Summit was held yesterday, 17th June,2020 to further discuss and enhance this course.

Receiving the items on behalf of the University of Ghana Medical Center (UGMC), the Deputy Minister of Health Dr Bernard Oko Boye thanked the outgoing Amabassador to China and the Chinese Community in Ghana for such a gesture.

Adding that, the donation came at the time government is committed to make Ghana a COVID-19 free as well safeguarding the wellbeing of the ordinary Ghanaians

“All medical bills of COVID-19 patients is borne by government at the various Isolation and treatment centers across the country”, he asserted.

Dr. Boye assured the Ambassador that, the items donated would be put to good use and believes the friendship between Ghana and china would conrinue to be strong as they collectively work to fight tje pandemic.

In attendance to grace the short ceremony were the outgoing Ambassador, Shi Ting Wang, President of Ghana Association of China Community, leaders of the Chinese Community in Ghana and staff of the Medical Center.

Source: Ishmael Barfi

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