Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Shi Ting Wang, has eulogized the exchange of cooperation and support between China and Ghana in the aftermath of the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Ghana, he said, extended its support to China when it first confirm outbreak of the virus.
According to him, the show of solidarity from Ghana to China is well appreciated and recognized by the Chinese government.
Ambassador Shi Ting Wang expressed these acknowledgements when in the company of the Chinese community in Ghana donated medical supplies and food drinks valued at GH¢480,000 (US$80,000) to the Greater Accra Regional Hospital (Ridge Hospital) on Wednesday 17th June, 2020.
The medical items comprise 15 ventilators, 20,000 medical masks, 1,600 N95 masks, 120 protective suits, 60 face shields and 100 medical goggles.
The food drinks include boxes of milk and cocoa powder.
Ambassador Wang noted that China reciprocated Ghana’s solidarity when the outbreak began in Ghana and spared no efforts to help 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 months, batches after batches of medical donations have been sent to Ghana in different ways, including Chinese movement assistance, Jack Ma Foundation, the local Chinese community and enterprises donations, and etc.”
“We will continue to do so in the future,” he assured.
Ambassador Wang observed that COVID-19 is the most extensive disease to afflict humanity in a century and poses a daunting challenge and great threat to human health and life.
China, he said, in the battle against the COVID-19 adopted extensive, stringent, and thorough containment measures, and has for now succeeded in turning the situation around.
“There are only ten home-grown confirmed cases in China right now. A decisive victory was secured but we are all vigilant and extremely cautious,” he disclosed.
Deputy Minister of Health, Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye, thanked the Ambassador and his entourage for their show of support.
He noted that the Hospital is looking forward for more of these presentations because these supplies would run out as more cases are recorded.
According to him, if the facility asks for more support it does not mean they have not received anything or are not appreciative but because the supplies are being applied for their intended purposes.
The Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr. Dr Emmanuel Kwabla Srofenyoh, in response expressed gratitude to the Embassy, the Ambassador and the Chinese community and stressed the items will bring relief to hospital management.
He acknowledged how expensive the medical supplies are and pledged the hospital would put them to good use to ensure the disease is managed and eradicated.
He disclosed that the hospital is about to set up a critical car unit for COVID-19 positive patients and noted that the items have come at the most opportune time.