The Medical Director at the Western Regional Referral Hospital, Dr. Joseph Kojo Tambil, has commended the Ghana Upstream Petroleum Chamber for donating need-specific items to the hospital.
He said the uniqueness of the items donated were different from the usual Veronica buckets and stands which were also needed though, insisting however that the need for specified personal protective equipment (PPE) to support the operations of the hospital staff was paramount.
The donated items included surgical masks, disposable gloves, disposable gowns, disposable coveralls, protective goggles, head covers and face shields.
Speaking after receiving the consignment of PPE to the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital in Sekondi to help protect frontline workers, Dr. Tambil said “Before the Ghana Upstream Petroleum Chamber donated, they called the hospital to know which PPEs are critical for our operation.”
“As a team, doctors, nurses and other medical personnel on the frontline in the fight against the Coronavirus (Covid-19) need to be well equipped with appropriate PPE which has suddenly become the hottest and scarce global commodity” he said.
High demand On behalf of the hospital and team, he thanked the Chamber for the initiative and expressed the hospital’s determination to provide the best possible protective care for health workers who are taking daily risks caring for others. “PPE has become essential for frontline healthcare workers all over the world and is in short supply in many parts of the world given the high demand for it.”
The items will go a long way to protect Ghanaian frontline healthcare workers who are doing all in their power to provide support and treatment to COVID Patients, he stressed.
Presenting the items, the Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber, Mr David Ampofo said “COVID19 has really turned every aspect of life on its head and requires the collaborative effort of all stakeholders to successfully reduce the incidence of the disease.”
He said the oil and gas industry noted for its strict adherence to health and safety protocols found it prudent to support the government’s efforts at combating COVID-19.
Members of the Chamber including Tullow Ghana Ltd, Kosmos Energy, Anardarko Ghana, Aker Energy Ghana Ltd, Vitol Upstream Ghana Ltd, Eni Ghana, MODEC Production Services Ghana JV, Subsea 7 Volta Contractors Ltd, AGM Petroleum Ghana and Cirrus Oil Services Ltd, were happy to support the fight.
The support, he said, was not limited to only the Effia-Nkwanta Hospital or the Western Region as the Chamber had also made similar donations to some other hospitals.
The Chamber The Upstream Chamber represents the shared interests of companies involved in oil and gas exploration and production as well as oil field service providers in the country.
The Chamber promotes, enhances and facilitates the growth of the industry through networking, education, industry information and advocacy for a favourable business environment.
As the voice of the industry, the Chamber provides advocacy services for its members and helps them navigate the regulatory framework.
The Chamber also offers a platform through which the industry could reach out to stakeholders from across the economy, including local communities.