A pharmaceutical company, Top-Up Pharmacy Limited, has donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Tema General Hospital to support the frontline healthcare staff of the facility in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The items, estimated at GH₵30,000 included boxes of infrared thermometer guns, packs of disposable nose masks, face shields, and hand sanitisers.
Top-Up Pharmacy presented the supplies to the hospital to fulfill the company’s commitment to improving healthcare delivery in the country.
Presenting the items, the Chief Executive Officer of Top-Up Pharmacy and Lena House Clinic, Mr. Richard K. Odor, said the donation formed part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) in communities the company operated.
Mr. Odor acknowledged that fighting COVID-19 was a collective effort, noting that the hospital staff were exposed to a lot of dangers in the discharge of their duties, hence the assistance.
“The Tema General Hospital is a COVID-19 centre as well as a referral centre and treats a lot of patients, hence they need the assistance of companies close to it like us.
“With about 10 outlets in various parts of the country, we always identify the needs of communities in which we operate and provide the necessary assistance that we can.
“In the coming weeks, we will also be assisting the Accra Psychiatric Hospital with items to help in their operations,” he said.
Mr Odor was accompanied by Mrs Olena Odor, the Executive Director of Top-Up Pharmacy; Mr Emmanuel Fiadzorgbe, a senior superintendent pharmacist; and Mr Daniel Sarpong, the General Manager of Top-Up Pharmacy.
The Medical Director of the Tema General Hospital, Dr. Richard Anthony, who received the items on behalf of the facility, expressed appreciation for the donation.
He said he was particularly grateful to the management of the hospital for responding promptly to calls made to it for support.
“I am really happy that you have responded to our call on time. These items also came in handy and will do us a lot of good. We hope to receive a lot of support from you,” he said.
Dr. Anthony also commended the efforts of other individuals and organisations helping in diverse ways to curtail the spread of the virus and thereby protect fellow citizens.
“A few days ago, we received a vehicle from the COVID-19 Trust Fund, all through the donations of benevolent Ghanaians. We remain grateful to everyone,” he added.
Disease may linger
Dr Anthony also emphasised that the virus might linger on for a long while and called on Ghanaians to observe all the safety protocols to help contain the spread.
“It is the responsibility of everyone to observe these protocols to be able to defeat the virus,” he stated.