With Ghana’s National Chocolate Day looming, Barry Carrybaut, Cocoa Processing Company, COCOBOD and the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), jointly reached out to the Ghana Medical Association and donated a package of PPE, sanitizers, paper towels, cocoa products and other supplies. The support provided by the four organizations complements efforts by Government of Ghana to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana.

In remarks made at the giving event, Deputy Chief Executive of COCOBOD Dr. Emmanuel Opoku said the new wave of the pandemic made it necessary for members of the public to be conscious of their health and boost their immune systems. Dr. Opoku recognized the efforts of frontline workers who have been working tirelessly in turburlent times to save lives in Ghana. Dr. Opoku noted that:

“Considering the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country in recent times and the general risk of contracting the virus, we have deemed it fit to support the GMA in the fight to contain the virus”

COCOBOD has collaborated with Ghana Tourism Authority in the past to mark National Chocolate Week in February every year. This year’s celebration is being pitched as an important one because the reported nutritional value of cocoa in boosting the immune system of people in the middle of a pandemic. COCOBOD is encouraging Ghanaians to eat more cocoa products because of its nutritional and health benefits.

CEO of Ghana Tourism Authority Mr. Akwasi Agyeman observed that the management of the pandemic required collaboration among stakeholders. Mr. Agyeman explained that because the virus has spread to nearly every part of the world and was both impacting human health across continents, it was important to fight it with a collaborative effort from all stakeholders.

General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association Dr. Justice Duffu Yankson thanked the four organizations for their support and entreated the public to comply with public health and safety advisories. The Ghana Medical Association reported that some 450 doctors and dentists in Ghana have tested positive for COVID-19 out of which seven have died and the remainder have totally recovered or were being treated in hospitals.

“As an association, we have lost seven members to the virus; we have also had more than 450 infected in the line of duty, so we are not taking it lightly at all. Medical personnel can be infected and so can it infect the public…“It is our pledge to lead the fight against the virus, such that businesses and life can move back to normalcy, but we will not hesitate to emphasise the need for all members of society to play their roles because what we are currently seeing at the various COVID-19 treatment centres cannot be underestimated,” Dr. Yankson said.

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BY NAOMI PALME