Ghana’s foremost indigenous Oil Marketing Company, GOIL, has presented personal protective equipment (PPE) worth GHC20,000.00 to the Ashiaman Polyclinic to support Government’s efforts at equipping and protecting COVID-19 frontline health workers.
The items include Veronica buckets, medical overalls, 2,000 pieces of hand sanitisers, five pieces of face shield, 500 pieces each of surgical nose masks and medical gloves; paper towels, and 10 gallons of liquid soap.
The donation, which was in response to an appeal from the Ashiaman Polyclinic to GOIL, was done in accordance with “GOIL’s commitment to promoting the safety of frontline workers,” Mr Robert Kyere, the Company’s Public Relations Manager, said.
He said GOIL had already made similar donations to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, the 37 Military Hospital, and the Ghana Private Road Transport Union among others since the COVID-19 broke in the country.
Mr Kyere said the Company had earlier donated GHC200,000 to the National COVID-19 Fund to support government’s efforts at combating the disease.
At a brief ceremony at the Ashiaman Polyclinic to present the items, Mr Kyere said GOIL recognised the remarkable role of all frontline workers in the fight against the coronavirus disease, hence its decision to offer them support.
“We believe that making profit is not the only thing that should drive the progress of a company,” he said, adding that GOIL was aware of the debilitating disease, which affected both the rich and the poor.
“We think it is important that we also assist in our own small way to help frontline workers do their work in safety. Without overcoming the disease, it is obvious that we cannot undertake any social or economic activity.”
Mr Kyere urged the health personnel to use the items judiciously to achieve the purpose of limiting the spread of the disease.
Receiving the items, Dr Mavis Opong-Addoh, the Head of the Polyclinic, expressed appreciation to GOIL for the gesture, describing it as the “right donation at the right time.”
“This disease doesn’t know any borders. It doesn’t respect any person. So when we protect ourselves in our own small corner, we are protecting everybody,” she said.
“This donation that you have made, they are the right donation at the right time. It so fit for purpose and we are very grateful for your help.”