Story by Carlos Afanou

The Chinese community in Ghana has generously donated 15 ventilators and PPEs such as 20000 medical masks, 1,600 N95 masks, 120 protective suits, 60 face shields, and 100 medical goggles to the Greater Accra Regional Hospital.

This donation was done on Wednesday, 17th June 2020, by the outgoing Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Shi Ting Wang. In his speech, he hoped that the supplies would help Ghana to win the battle against COVID-19 as early as possible. He said that the items were donated by a collaborative effort between the Chinese Embassy in Ghana and the Chinese Community.

Ambassador Shi Ting Wang stated that the COVID-19 is a serious crisis for the entire world, asserting that the disease is likely to afflict humanity in a century. It however poses a serious threat to human health and life.

He disclosed that China adopted extensive, stringent, and thorough containment measures on the disease and has for now succeeded in turning the situation around. He said, "This is a war that humanity has to fight and win. Facing this unknown, unexpected, devastating disease, China launched a resolute battle to prevent and control its spread, "

He continued, "There are only few home-grown confirmed cases in China right now. A decisive victory was secured but we are still vigilant and extremely cautious."

"The COVID-19 pandemic is raging the world. Lives are lost every single day. China believes that all countries should make the choice that is right for the interests of all humanity and the well-being of our future generations.

"Upholding the vision of a global community of shared future, we should support each other and join hands to contain the spread of the virus, and protect the health and well-being of people across the globe.

“Above others, China put it a top priority to help developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America – especially Africa –improve their capacity and performance in epidemic prevention and control. In addition to the medical supplies sent to over 50 African countries and the AU, and 7 medical expert teams dispatched to the continent, China will offer more assistance to African countries, and continue to do all in its power to offer support.”

"China and Ghana stood hand in hand since the beginning of the outbreak. At the beginning of this year when China’s epidemic situation was in its most difficult period, Ghana has given us a lot of support. And in return, when the outbreak began in Ghana since March, China spares no pains to help Ghana and other African countries in fighting against the virus," he said.

"China is the first country to send medical supplies by chartered flight to Ghana. In the past few month, batches after batches of medical donations have been sent to Ghana in different ways, including Chinese government assistance, Jack Ma foundation, the local Chinese community and enterprises donations, and etc," he recounted.

He assured, “We will continue to do so in the future. To enhance strategic communication between China and Africa, and build consensus on uniting to fight against the pandemic, an Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity against COVID-19 will be conveyed today.”

The Deputy Minister of Health Dr Bernard Oko Boye and Medical Director, Dr. Emmanuel Srofenyoh received the items on behalf of the hospital.

Dr. Okoe Boye appreciated the Chinese embassy and the Chinese community for their kind gesture. He expressed that the donation had come at a good time since the hospital was looking to improve its ICU to cater for COVID-19 patients; it could not have achieved  that without ventilators.
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