Vodafone Ghana Foundation gave the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) a package of personal protective equipment (PPE) and essential supplies. The gift package included protective gowns, shoe covers, face shields, N95 facemasks, disposable tissues, surgical gloves, thermometer guns, hand sanitisers, rubbing alcohol, bleach, sanitizing wipes and bin liners. The support provided by Vodafone Ghana followed an earlier donation of PPE and critical supplies to three hospitals designated to treat COVID-19 patients in  Greater Accra, Eastern and Ashanti Regions.

Presenting the items, Director for Legal and External Affairs at Vodafone Ghana Mrs. Geta Striggner-Quartey said the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) was playing an invaluable role in the COVID-19 fight and that Vodafone Ghana Foundation was committed to supporting GMA’s efforts. The statement observed that GMA had been advocating for the equal distribution of PPE and essential supplies since the outbreak of the pandemic in Ghana. The statement described as heartbreaking reports that some members of GMA had tested positive for the virus in the course of doing their work in saving the lives of others. Mrs. Striggner-Quartey observed that the vital role of frontline health workers could not be overstated and that frontline workers absolutely needed to be protected even as they risked their lives to save many Ghanaians. She explained that this was the reason Vodafone Ghana responded swiftly to the appeal from GMA for assistance with supplies of PPE.

The Medical Association commended Vodafone Ghana the company’s immense support to the fight against COVID-19 in Ghana. Dr. Frank Ankobea, President of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) noted that, as frontline health workers, GMA members recognized the importance of PPE, and were grateful for the supplies provided by Vodafone Foundation. Dr. Akobea remarked that generous response to GMA’s appeal for support showed that Vodafone Ghana truly cared about doctor’s safety. He announced that the GMA would ensure the donated PPE and medical supplies were disbursed to all frontline health workers, not only doctors, in both private and public healthcare facilities across Ghana.

Vodafone Ghana has committed significant resources to initiatives that address Ghana’s specific needs and provide relief to customers and businesses. Already, some 50 members of GMA operate Vodafone’s Healthline Medical Call Centre, which provides guidance and critical advice to the public and help dispel misinformation about COVID-19. Vodafone Ghana also zero-rated a fundraising shortcode for GMA and Doctors in Residency to enable both organizations appeal for financial support to purchase PPE.

Credits: Vodafone Ghana