Chinese Embassy Donates to the University of Ghana Medical Centre

The Chinese Embassy in Ghana has donated a large quantity of PPE's and food items worth Four Hundred and Eighty Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH₵480,000) to the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC). The items included 15 ventilators with 60 nasal masks, 20,000 medical masks, 1,600 N95 masks, 120 protective suits, 100 medical goggles as well as nutritional items.

The delegation from the Chinese Embassy was led by the Ambassador, His Excellency Mr. Shi Ting Wang. The donation, according to the Ambassador was to assist the University of Ghana Medical Centre in its contribution to the country’s fight against the corona virus. He noted that in the face of COVID-19, China and Africa have withstood the test of a severe challenge and offered mutual support and fought shoulder to shoulder with each other. He said China was the first country to send medical supplies by chartered flight to Ghana; share experience in disease prevention and control; sent medical expert teams and provided anti-epidemic materials. He gave the assurance that the Chinese Government will continue to extend a helping hand to Ghana.

His Excellency Mr. Shi Ting Wang delivering his address

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu who received the items, expressed gratitude to the Chinese Embassy for the support. He lauded the efforts of the workers at UGMC and the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) for their dedication and urged them to follow the necessary precautionary measures in the discharge of their duties.

Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu speaking at the event

Speaking at the ceremony, the Deputy Minister for Health, Dr. Bernard Okoh Boye, urged the general public to adhere to safety protocols in a bid to prevent the spread of the virus. According to him if Ghanaians are to win the war over COVID-19, then all safety protocols must be adhered to. Dr. Okoh Boye noted that Government’s greatest desire is to expedite the process of winning the battle over COVID-19 and to curtail further loss of lives. “To achieve this, there ought to be partnership not only from our friends in other countries but also from citizens as well” he added. He urged Ghanaians to trust institutions that are leading in the fight against COVID-19.

Deputy Minister for Health, Dr. Bernard Okoh Boye

Present at the ceremony was the CEO of the UG Medical Centre, Dr. Darius Osei, Provost of the College of Health Sciences; Rev. Prof. Patrick Ayeh-Kumi, other officials from the Chinese Embassy, Ministry of Health, UGMC and the University of Ghana.