The Upper East Regional branch of Old Vandals Association has joined in the fight against the spread of Coronavirus by donating items to the Bongo District Hospital as part of efforts to fight the spread the novel virus.
Members of the association, made up of past students of Commonwealth Hall of the University of Ghana, Legon, made the donation on Thursday June 25, 2020 at Bongo in the Upper East Region.
In a brief presentation ceremony, Spiritual Leader of Old Vandals in the region, Alhaji Abdul Razak, expressed grave concern over the increased politicization of the COVID- 19 pandemic.
He called on members of the public particularly politicians, to desist from making political capital out of the novel virus or be prepared as a people to face the dire consequences of losing the fight against the pandemic.
“We should not politicize COVID- 19. It is not something that we should joke about. From our observation, we realize that some political parties are playing politics with this very scary pandemic. As Vandals, we are informing everybody that COVID-19 is real and so we must take it serious.” He admonished.
Upper East Regional President of Old Vandals, Raymond Akolbire Ayinne, explained that the Bongo hospital was chosen to benefit from their gesture considering the fact that Bongo District shares border with Ghana’s neighbor, Burkina Faso; thereby positioning the hospital in a critical location to handle possible cases of the virus.
The donation, he said will better put the Bongo District Hospital in readiness to deal with any cases of COVID-19 that may cross over from neighboring Burkina Faso.
Making reference to the negative use of items donated to some health facilities, Mr. Ayinne implored management of the beneficiary hospital to put the items to rightful use and not have health workers share them to close friends and relations.
On his part, Medical Superintend of the Bongo District Hospital, Dr. William Gudu, expressed gratitude to the group for the gesture and pledged to put the items to good use.
The donated items included hand sanitizers, tissue papers, soaps among several assorted items estimated at Two Thousand One Hundred and Seventy Ghana Cedis.