The Ghana Chamber of Mines donated GHS11.5 million (US$2 million) to the Ministry of Health and allied institutions as part of the mining industry’s voluntary contribution to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The following members of the chamber contributed to the donated funds:

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President of the Ghana chamber of Commerce Mr. Eric Asubonteng explained that members of the chamber were concerned about the ramifications of the growing pandemic. Mr. Asubonteng underlined the importance of increased testing, which is done quickly and effectively to enable isolation and containment. He said it was the chamber’s fervent expection that the donation would ease the pressure on government and free up much needed resources for other essential aspects of the national strategy to stem the spread of COVID-19.

The intervention from the chamber therefore prioritizes testing. The breakdown of planned spending is as follows:

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The remainder of GH¢3.2 million has already been disbursed to purchase 7,000 complete sets of PPEs for frontline health workers and to support other Covid-19 logistical requirements comprising the following:

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Rikair Company Ltd, an Affiliate member of the Chamber, donated three oxygen concentrators to the Ministry of Health.