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Audit Service donates to three health institutions.

In recognition of the good job being done by frontline health workers, and to contribute its quota, the Ghana Audit Service (GAS) has donated some Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to three health institutions in the country.

Mobilising resources from its staff all over the country, the service was able to put together an amount of GHS120,000 to purchase the items for the health institutions.

The institutions which benefited from the items include the Adabraka Polyclinic, National Ambulance Service (NAS) and Public Health and Reference Lab (PHRL) in Tamale.

The items given them include 2,000 pieces (pcs) of KN 95 nose masks, 20,000 hand gloves, 9,500 surgical mask, 750 litres of hand sanitiser, and 100 pcs of coveralls.

The Adabraka Polyclinic received 500pcs of NK 95 nose masks, 800 hand gloves, 400 surgical masks, 300 litres hand sanitiser and 70 coveralls, while the NAS received 1,000pcs of NK 95 nose masks, 6,000 hand gloves, 2,500 surgical masks and 225 litres hand sanitiser. The PHRL also received 500pcs of NK 95 nose masks, 6,000 hand gloves, 2,500 surgical masks, 225 litres hand sanitiser, and 30pcs of coveralls.

Donating the items to the beneficiary institutions, Mr George Winful, Deputy Auditor General in-charge of Central Government Audit Department, said that the Service was very apprehensive about the effect of the pandemic, hence, could not sit unconcerned while frontline workers work to save lives.

He said the response with which our frontline health workers handled the situation gave the country hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and, hence, the support.

'So, in recognition of the yeoman's job that our frontline health workers have been doing over the years, the staff of Audit Service thought it wise to complement the support of [the] government by also providing you with the basic things you need to save lives, instead of sitting aloof and watch you go to work unprotected.

'In this respect, we mobilised resources from our staff across the country. Thankfully, we were able to raise a total of almost GHS120,000'

He indicated that the selection of the institutions was done in a way that would, at least, ensure that all frontline workers in the value chain benefit. That's not to say we don't consider the others as important, he added.

Mr Blessed Baffour Arthur, Deputy Auditor General in-charge of District Assemblies Department, who also addressed the beneficiaries, advised them to ensure that they keep proper records of the items they have received, since the GAS would initiate a Coronavirus (Covid-19) audit next year, and wouldn't want them to be found wanting.

'It's the expectation of the Service that when the items get to your various institutions, you give [the] Audit Service acknowledgment of receipt and record it. Don't forget that as auditors we will be coming back to do our audit. Yes, next year we will be doing Covid-19 audit.'

Expressing their heartfelt gratitude to the GAS for the gesture, Mr George Boakye Yiadom, Administrator, Adabraka Polyclinic, indicated that considering how much it cost to protect oneself with PPE from head to toe, the gesture would go a long way to reduce the burden on their funds, and help them to be able to protect their staff.

Mr Foster Ansong-Bridjan, Director of Operations, NAS, also said that his outfit has been at the forefront in the battle against the pandemic since the first case was recorded, and their lives will be in danger without PPE.

He said the service has been moving from one place to the other to pick individuals who are either confirmed or suspected to have the disease, and has so far responded to over 2,000 cases, which are all confirmed. He said the PPE will go a long way to augment the governments support.

Mr Sylvester Mensah, Medical Laboratory Scientist, PHRL, also expressed his gratitude to the gesture of the GAS.

PHRL is a zonal lab for the three Northern Regions in Ghana and is the West African Testing Center for Meningitis.

Mr Mensah indicated that when the Covid-19 started spreading, the onus was on PHRL to carry out tests for the region, and they are currently testing for eight regions, namely, Bono, Ahafo, Bono East, Upper West, Upper East, Savannah and North East, with over 15,000 cases tested so far.

Mr Mensah, therefore, indicated that the items will gravely help them in the discharge of their duties.
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Date:Jun 25, 2020
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