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Story by Carlos Afanou

Five health institutions in Accra and Tema metropolis have received a donation of 20,000 boxes of bar soap from The Melcom Care Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Melcom Group of Companies, to help in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. This occurred on Wednesday, June 10 2020.

The health institutions that benefitted from the kind gesture included the Tema General Hospital, Police Hospital, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Cardiothoracic Centre of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and 37 Military Hospital.

The Director of Communications, Mr. Godwin Avenorgbo, said the company donated the bar soap brands "Largo" and "Jamaa" because the health institutions themselves endorsed the soap brands for their high quality and efficacy in fighting germs.

According to him, the donation was one of the many donations they had in stock for health institutions and that, more would follow soon.

Mr Godwin Avenorgbo said that in the wake of the COVID-19 in Ghana, Melcom had supported the country's efforts to ensure safety and protection of citizens as well as total adherence to all health protocols laid down by WHO and the Ministry of Health. He continued that Mr  Bhagwan Khubchandani, Group Chairman for Melcom Group of Companies had promised to endorse similar donations if the items were used up within eight weeks of receiving them.

The Director of Communications advised that the items be not hoarded but rather used to serve the intended purpose of the donation. He said as part of the Company's health education programmes and support for hygiene in various schools, the Group Chairman had again approved for an extension of  the "Schools Washroom Project" to other parts of the country.

The following areas are the beneficiaries to receive support in their schools: Mankessim in the Central Region; Ho in the Volta Region; Madina and Ashaiman in the Greater Accra Region; Kumasi in the Ashanti Region; WA in the Upper West Region; Techiman in the Bono East Region; Tamale in the Northern Region; and Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region.

He stressed that they have already given some of the facilities out to schools in Nsawam in the Eastern Region; Akatsi, Reflection, Sokpe in the Volta Region; Accra, Kaneshie, and Kotobabi in the Greater Accra Region.

Speaking on behalf of the Police Hospital, Mrs Juliana Agyeiwaa Darteh (Chief Superintendent) said the items would help them observe personal hygiene amongst both health workers and patients, and requested that more of such donations would follow.


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