As part of complementing government’s effort in the fight against the deadly novel coronavirus popularly called COVID-19, AngloGold Ashanti Malaria Control Limited on Friday May 29, 2020 donated assorted items to the Upper West Regional Health Directorate to support the fight and also curtail the spread of the disease in the region.
Addressing the media, Samuel Asiedu, Programmes Director of AngloGold Ashanti Malaria Control Limited, noted that his outfit took the gesture as part of their efforts in the fight against COVID-19 revealing that, aside the items donated to the directorate, AGAMAL has also taken upon itself to disinfect health facilities in the region every evening to keep the facilities and users safe.
“We must disinfect the health facility to make it user friendly, people will have the confidence of going to the health facility knowing very well that they wouldn’t pick the virus from these places, so as part of our programme, every evening we are going into the facilities to disinfect, this is not just a one off programme but we are doing it base on science and base on data, in addition to that, high tourched areas including door handles and places that people sit, we are going to disinfect these places peroidically, so that incase the virus lands on any of these places with the kind of disinfectants we are using this virus will be killed and the people in Upper west will be protected from COVID-19. It is our hope and prayer that these activities backed by science and data will help us to control COVID-19 in this very region” Mr. Samuels’ stated.
He also indicated that, Agamal is advancing plans to set up a testing centre in the Upper West Region that will spare the region, the truama of transporting samples of suspected COVID-19 cases to Tamale for testing adding that, the centre will not only be limited to COVID-19 but will be able to conduct test on other cases.
The items dontated include Tissue Paper 100 pieces, hand sanitizer(500ml) 200 bottles, surgical gloves 26 boxes, 2 boxes of carbonic soap, 7 pieces of beds and mattressese, 2 pieces of Bp aparatus, 2 infrared thermometres, 1 autoclave, 7 packs of T-roll, 2 pieces of patient screen, 2 pieces of medicine tray, 12 boxes of bleach/chroline (mini gallons) as well as 30 pieces of face shield. Other iterms are: 7 blankets, 14 bedsheets, 30 bottles of dethol, 7 pieces of pillows, 2 pieces of veronica buckets and 10 boxes of bottled water. These items including all the other forms of support Agamal is giving out to the Upper West Region cost about US$300,000.
Meanwhile, Acting Upper West Regional Director of Health Services, Dr. Damien Punguyiri who received the items expressed his gratitude to AngloGold Malaria Control limited for the kind gesture and assured them that the items will be put into judicious use. He also called on other benevolent organisations to also come to the aid of the region in the fight against COVID-19 as the region is still in need of personal protective equipmnet.
He seized the opportunity and appealed to the people of Upper West Region to immediately stop stigmatising patients of COVID-19 adding that, anyone can full as a prey to the virus. Mr. Damien also revealed that 12 persons out of the 22 COVID-19 patients in the region have all recovered from the virus and were fully reintegrated into the society.
However Ghana’s COVID-19 positive case count as of May 30, 2020 stood at 7,768 with 2,540 recoveries as well as 35 fatalities whereas global case count of COVID-19 is pegged at 6,061,206 with 2,684,905 and the death toll stood at 367,436.