The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International has supported 37 health facilities with essential medical supplies to help in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The items valued at USD 500,000.00 were presented to both Adventist and non-Adventist Health facilities through Adventist Health Services (GAHS) at its headquarters at Kwadaso in Kumasi.
The items in the latest consignment include 9600 pieces of patient gowns, 33,120 pieces of N95 surgical masks, and 96,000 pieces of facemasks (Earloops).
Director of Global Missions System Outreach of Adventist Health (worldwide), John Schroer speaking at a short ceremony to hand over the items, said the goal of ADRA was to help build programmes that will be sustainable in the long term.
He indicated that the performance of the Ghana Adventist Health Services over the years has influenced ADRA International’s decision to select Ghana amongst the beneficiary countries.
He further commended the Ghana Adventist Health Services for its role in saving lives and helping communities to access their healthcare needs.
The Country Director for ADRA Ghana, Dr. William Y. Kpakpo Brown, said the commitment of the organisation was to support health workers in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.
He added that “this is to show support at this crucial times. This initiative is also to the service of health workers, protect them from contracting the deadly virus and improve healthcare delivery across the country.”
Dr. Kpakpo Brown explained that, since the lives of frontline health workers were crucial to the survival of the health sector, the items would help minimise body-to-body contact infection.
He further assured that ADRA will continue to support health workers to ensure they work in a safer environment to save lives.
The Director of Ghana Adventist Health Services, Pastor Dr. Paul Amoh Kyeremeh, expressed appreciation to ADRA for the gesture after he received the items on behalf of the beneficiary facilities.
He also disclosed that the GAHS has improved its services and hopes to be the Centre of Medical Excellence through the support of ADRA.
Dr. Amoh further said the war against the COVID-19 pandemic would require inter-sectorial collaboration since Ghana could not win the fight alone.
He commended ADRA International for its relentless support for the Ghana Adventist Health Services and pledged to lead GAHS to higher ground in health delivery.
ADRA is the humanitarian wing of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Since 1983, ADRA has partnered with governments, local communities, and organisations to offer relief in times of crisis and sustainable development interventions to improve lives.