Agona Nkwanta, May 23, GNA - The Ahantaman Rural Bank has spent 36,000 Ghana cedis on the provision of healthcare supplies to the Ahanta West Municipal Health Directorate to support the fight against COVID-19.
The amount was spent on 10 infrared thermometer guns, 300 pieces of N-95 nose masks, 3000 pieces of disposable gloves, 30 gallons of chlorine and 100 pieces of hand sanitizers.
The rest were 30 cartons of soap and 100 pieces of jumbo tissue paper, Mr Benjamin Afful-Eshun, the Chief Executive Officer of the Bank, said.
Handing over the items at the Bank’s Head Office at Agona Nkwanta, Mr Afful-Eshun said the Bank also spent GH¢2,800.00 on feeding of 10 COVID-19 patients while GH¢4,700.00 was used to train healthcare workers in the Municipality.
The Ahanta West Municipality has, so far, recorded 10 cases of COVID-19, which made it imperative for healthcare providers and stakeholders to join hands to stem the spread.
Mr Afful-Eshun said the GH¢36,000.00 represented 71 per cent of the total budgetary needs of GH¢50,000.00 requested in support of the Municipal Health Directorate.
“We feel obliged to respond to their request for support as the premier bank in the Municipality...since there is still 29 per cent of the budget to be exhausted, I will personally call on other businesses to support the Directorate in such a critical era," he said.
Mr Timothy Kobina Ofori, the Municipal Health Director, who received the items, said the Municipality had traced 343 contacts with samples taken for laboratory tests.
He said contact tracing was ongoing and that the 10 patients comprise three females and seven males.
Mr Ofori stressed the need for the provision of overalls for frontline workers to attend to infected persons.