Since the outbreak of Covid-19, frontline health workers in Bawku Municipality of the Upper East Region,have been appealing to relevant authorities to come to their aid by equipping the health facilities with personal protective equipment and other essential medical items.
This they say,will reduce the risk of spreading the disease to health professionals since they were dealing with patients from Ghana,Togo and Burkina Faso.
Though there have been various donations made to the health facilities in the District, they say such donations are insufficient to meet the growing needs of the health workers and their patients.
In view of that, the Bawku East Small Scale Farmers Association (BESSFA) limited in Garu District of the Upper East has donated PPEs and other medical essentials worth GHc 40, 000.00 to six Districts Assemblies.
The donation, according to the management of the bank forms part of the bank’s corporate social responsibilities and as well as in response to the call by the frontline health workers in the various Health Institutions.
Explaining the reasoned behind the donation, the General Manager of the Bank, Alhaji Hayatudeen Awudu Ibrahim said the donation was in response to the call by His Excellency President Nana Akuffo Addo that encourages individuals and corporate institutions to support in the fight against the deadly virus.
“The Management of the Bank considered the donation to be very essential considering that the threat to human lives posed by the virus can not be overlooked. Therefore, it is the duty of the bank to contribute, and provide protection for its clients through equipping the various health facilities they seek medical care from”.
MR. Awudu added that “It is the hope of Management that the items will add to help protect our frontline health workers as they work tirelessly to protect all of us”.
The items worth GHC40,000.00 were nose masks, surgical gloves, gallons of liquid soap, gallons of bleach, Veronica buckets, Hand Sanitizers, and other medical essentials.
In the Upper East Region, the rural bank said to be the first financial institution and as well as the first rural bank among the fives Rurul and Community Banks to focus it’s attention by helping its clients through equipping health facilities with essential medical items to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
Receiving the items on behalf of the six beneficiary districts, the District Chief Executive for Garu, Emmanuel Avoka Asore explained that the support by the bank came at the needed time by various health workers.
MR. Asore added that though the government is doing its best in the fight, the virus can only be cured through collective efforts by all and sundry.
The Beneficiary Assemblies include Bawku Municipal, Garu District, Tempane District, Pusiga District, Binduri District, and Bunkpurugu/Nakpanduri District.
Meanwhile, the District Director of Health for Tempane, Cosmos Atawaje Minyila, commended the Bank for the kind donation, adding that the items had come at the right time to provide safety for both the health workers and the patients.