The Radiological and Medical Sciences Research Institute (RAMSRI) of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) has presented personal protective equipment to three hospitals in Accra.
The gesture was done in collaboration with the Medical Physics Department of the School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences (University of Ghana) and the Physics Department of the University of Liverpool with the aim to help protect frontline workers against corona virus infection.
The hospitals, Ga East Municipal Hospital, GAEC Hospital and the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC), at three separate ceremonies, took delivery of protective face shields and hand sanitizers.
Presenting the items on behalf of the Director General of GAEC, the Director of RAMSRI, Prof. Mary Boadu disclosed that, calls for identification of home-grown solutions in the fight of the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated the action by her outfit and supporting partners to undertake a project on the production of face shields for frontline health workers.
“Through the project, 3D printers were donated by the University of Liverpool to the partner institutions in Ghana to print face visors to support in the fight against COVID -19.” She was thankful to the University of Liverpool for their collaboration and singled out the efforts of Dr. Jon Taylor who is leading the project in the United Kingdom.
Prof. Boadu added that the sanitizers and reusable face shields were carefully produced to ensure the safety and comfort of users. She explained that, the shield can protect the pathways of viral entry, reduce the potential of the wearer from touching their face and serve as a reminder to maintain social distancing.
Receiving the items on behalf of Ga East Municipal Hospital, the Medical Superintendent Dr. Oduro Mensah was thankful to GAEC for the gesture. According to him, although number of active cases has been reducing, the COVID-19 infection cases may resurface, asking the general public to be cautious. He advised that the safety protocols are observed to avoided the spread of the virus.
The Medical Superintendent of GAEC Hospital, Dr. Anthony Quampah expressed gratitude at the gesture. He said, GAEC has remained generous at a period all donations have ceased. He expressed worry at how most patients have refused to seek professional medical care at the hospital due to corona virus scare. He urged Ghanaians to continue to seek professional medical care to avoid being misled by quacks.
Receiving the items on behalf of the University of Ghana Medical Centre, the Medical Director, Dr. Kwame Anim Boamah thanked GAEC for the donation and urged other institutions to continue to support since the virus is still in the system. He added that UGMC’s collaboration with GAEC will continue to greater heights.
By: GAEC Multimedia