The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has received a donation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), specifically, medical gowns, from World Vision Ghana (WVG) to promote the prevention of Healthcare Facility-Associated Infections (HAIs) at a handing over ceremony which took place today at the GHS Headquarters in Accra. The donation, comprising 30,000 pieces of medical gowns, was presented by the National Director of World Vision Ghana, Laura Cristina Delvalle, and received on behalf of the Director General of the Ghana Health Service by Dr. Lawrence Ofori Boadu, Acting Director of the Institutional Care Division.

In a short address preceding the donation, Madam Delvalle lauded the long-standing collaboration with the Ghana Health Service in infection prevention and control, particularly in COVID-19 emergency response. She noted that 200,000 PPEs have previously been donated and distributed to health workers in regions and districts where World Vision operates and that the donation of these additional 30,000 pieces is to serve locations where the previous consignment could not reach. On this occasion, we have an opportunity to strengthen our collaboration; we have a good relationship, and we hope it will continue that way for years to come because our intention as a humanitarian and advocacy organization is to work side by side with those who are entitled to provide the quality service the nation Ghana deserves,’ she added.

Madam Laura Delvalle also seized the opportunity to call on the government, the Ministry of Health, and the Ghana Health Service to grant tax exemptions on such gift-in-kind items since they go a long way toward encouraging donors to commit more resources and support the provision of quality health care in Ghana. On his part, Dr Ofori Boadu expressed gratitude to WVG for the timely donation and noted that the medical superintendents in the service had been deliberating on preparedness for emerging and reemerging diseases throughout the week. He said, ‘the items will serve an important role in responding to emerging and reemerging diseases’. He further disclosed that the gowns will improve the protection of the health workers in the line of duty to provide the best service to their communities. He was optimistic that the equipment would be used judiciously and dispatched immediately to facilities in urgent need while calling on other non-governmental and corporate organizations to emulate the gesture.