Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) provided personal protective equipment (PPE) to Upper East Regional Directorate of Health Services. The PPE included disposable gowns, face and nose masks, examination gloves, hand sanitisers, Veronica buckets and non-contact thermometers. The equipment and supplies will resource frontline health workers fight against the spread of COVID-19 in the region.

Director General of the Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) Mr. Thomas Alonsi said the authority recognized the risk healthcare workers face. Mr. Alonsi said if healthcare workers were going to be able work effectively, it is important that workers are not overly worried about their own safety. He added that a grateful nation owed health professionals a debt of grattitude for their sacrifices and so we must all do our part to minimize the risk to these professionals.

Upper East Regional Director of Health Services Dr. Winfred Ofosu received the package of equipment and supplies  and commended GMA for the timely intervention. Dr. Ofosu explained that the region had not recorded any confirmed positive COVID-19 case, but there was was no room for complacency. He reminded the health officers at Sandema and Wiaga to remain vigilant and take reports of any suspected case seriously.

Ghana Maritime Authority had also provided a similar package to the Builsa North Health Directorate at Sandema and the St. Lucas Hospital at Wiaga.