The Chinese Community in Ghana gave the Greater Accra Regional Hospital (Ridge) a generous support package including 15 ventilators, 20,000 medical masks, 1,600 N95 masks, 120 protective suits, 60 face shields, and 100 medical goggles. The donated resources were provided through a partnership between the Chinese Embassy in Ghana and the Chinese Community in Ghana. Outgoing Chinese Ambassador to Ghana Mr. Wang Shi Ting was hopeful that the donated equipment and supplies would boost Ghana’s capacity to win the COVID-19 battle as early as possible.

Ambassador Wang noted that the COVID-19 pandemic was a serious crisis for the entire world and posed a daunting challenge to human life and health, and a war that humanity had to fight and win. He explained that facing its own crisis, China launched a resolute battle to prevent and control its spread. Making people’s lives and health its topmost priority, he explained, China, China adopted extensive, stringent, and thorough containment measures, and has for now succeeded in turning the situation around, securing a decisive victory, but still remaining vigilant and extremely cautious.

China and Ghana stood hand in hand at the outset of the outbreak. When China’s own epidemic situation was in its dire period, Ghana provided support to China. In return, when the outbreak began in Ghana, China committed resources help Ghana and other African countries fight the virus. China was the first country to send medical supplies by chartered flight to Ghana. Over the past few months batches of medical donations have been shipped into Ghana from the Chinese Government, Jack Ma foundation and through the local Chinese community in Ghana.

Deputy Minister of Health Dr. Bernard Oko Boye and Medical Director of Greater Accra Regional Hospital Dr. Emmanuel Srofenyoh received the package of assistance from the Chinese Community in Ghana. Dr. Boye thanked the Chinese Embassy and Community for the support, noting that the assistance was timely. Dr. Boye said the hospital was looking to improve its ICU to serve COVID-19 patients, but could not realize this goal without ventilators, which made the gift of 15 ventilators welcoming news.

The giving event was witnessed by Mr. Hong Tang, President of Ghana Association of Chinese Societies, and leaders of Chinese Community in Ghana.

Credits: | Melvin Tarlue