The Church Pentecost donates logistics to Ministry of Health to combat COVID-19
The Church of Pentecost (CoP), in partnership with Tobinco Pharmaceuticals, has donated personal protective logistics worth GHS 45,000.00 to the Ministry of Health (MoH) in support of efforts the government in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana.
The items include coveralls, nose masks, N95 Respirators, face shields, goggles, aprons, examination gloves, heavy-duty gloves, gumboots and hand sanitisers, among others.
The Deputy Health Minister, Alexander Kodwo Kom Abban, received the items from the Chairman of the church, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, on the sidelines of a strategic meeting with directors of nursing and midwifery institutions in the country held at the national office of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana (NM&C) in Accra.
According to the church’s General Secretary, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, the donation was part of the church’s support to the fight against the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
He said the personal protective equipment (PPE) were bought to support health officials who are front liners in the battle against the deadly virus. The items were bought from a GHc 100,000.00-fund; the church had set aside, to support government efforts to combat the disease.
He also revealed that the church has released 10 of its cinema vans to the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) to be used to undertake public education exercises on COVID-19 across the country for the next four weeks.
“During the period, the church has offered to foot the bill for vehicle maintenance, fuel, and allowances for the drivers who would be using the vans for the public education exercise,” he said.
“The vans have public address systems fully fitted in them to serve the purpose of educating the general public about the deadly virus, as well as the precautionary measures,” he added.
Also present at the event was the church’s International Missions Director (IMD), Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo.
In a related development, the Chairperson of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana, Rev. Veronica Mina Darko, on behalf of the council, also donated 50-sets of personal protective equipment to the tune of GHS 20,000.00 to the MoH for onward distribution to health officials across the country.
Receiving the items on behalf of the ministry, Mr Abban was grateful to the church for the thoughtful gesture, saying, “In times like these, we need all to come on board.”
He called on religious groups, particularly churches, to heed to the President’s call for the suspension of all gatherings in the country and to take part in the National Day of Fasting and Prayer on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, as declared by the President.
He also urged churches to follow the CoP’s example by going the extra mile to provide tangible support in dealing with the situation. He assured the church that the items donated would be used for the purpose for which they have been given.