The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) donated US$1 million to the Ghana COVID-19 Private Sector Fund to support the building of an Infectious Disease Isolation and Treatment Facility at Ga East Municipal Hospital. The U$S4.5 million project is expected to be ready for use by the end of May. CEO of GNPC Dr. Kofi Koduah Sarpong said it was very prudent to support the initiative of the private sector as part of measures to control the spread of the pandemic. Dr. Sarpong observed that had Ghana taken steps earlier to build an isolation facility during the fight against the Ebola virus, Ghana would not have been caught off guard with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. He hoped that the project goes beyond its immediate goal and leaves an infrastructural legacy in the post-COVID-19 world.
The statement from GNPC commended the trustees of the Ghana COVID-19 Private Sector Fund for the initiative, which demonstrates that the fight was not government’s responsibility alone, but that we could accomplish a lot more when we work together. GNPC hinted about the chances of joining the COVID-19 Private Sector Fund to help fund similar infection disease centers in Kumasi, Takoradi and Tamale after the current project in Accra was completed.
Managing Trustee of the Ghana COVID-19 Private Sector Fund Mr. Senyo Hosi applauded GNPC for contributing to the Fund in support of the Fund’s vision to build the first-of-its-kind isolation and treatment facility Ghana. Mr. Hosi noted that the nation wins when the public sector joins hands with the private sector. He described the contribution from GNPC as a clear example of what we are able to achieve in overcome COVID-19 when we work together. Mr. Hosi said the Fund was grateful to GNPC for seeing the wisdom in supporting the initiative.