Outspoken politician, Kennedy Agyapong, has entreated his colleagues within the business circles to assist government in its fight against the Coronavirus.
Kennedy Agyapong, who is also the Assin Central MP, noted that governments globally have struggled to cope with the outbreak of the virus on their own suggesting that it has taken the intervention of business people and people well-positioned to assist with resources to augment the governments’ efforts.
To this end, he sent out a passionate appeal to his close friends and fellow business owners to extend their charitable acts to the assistance of the government.
He joked that these persons, despite recognising the severity of an issue, are always reluctant to take the first step to offer help, mostly because of public opinion and opposition from some elements intended to thwart their efforts.
Kennedy Agyapong pleaded, “All I can say about the fight against Coronavirus is that there is no country in the world that only the government has managed to single-handedly mount a sustained fight. People are donating particularly those who are in a position to help, in Spain footballers are donating. Someone donated 1million dollars.”
“Despite (owner of Despite media) and Ernest (CEO of Ernest Chemist) are very good men and charitable but all the time they want somebody to lead then they follow. They are afraid of public reaction to what they do,” he added in an interview on his Net 2 Television.
He observed, “There are good people out there who like to help and these are people that when you put your issues before them they are willing to help. I am appealing to business community not to leave it all to government to do. I urge them all to contribute their widow’s mite to the Health Ministry and Heath Service to bolster efforts at preventing the spread of the virus.”
The Assin Central MP on Tuesday donated more than 5000 essential medical items to the Korle Bu Hospital to help boost their preparedness to tackle the virus.
He also disclosed on the show, during the interview monitored by ABC News, that through the help of some friends and family relations, he has succeeded in procuring beds, protective materials, 100, 000 face masks and 100, 000 gloves for onward distribution to the Ministry of Health, stakeholders in the frontline of the fight against the spread of the virus and all Regional hospitals.
Asked how it feels to be generous and embark on such deeds, the business mogul mentioned, “I feel good about it but I don’t let that get to me to go and do the wrong things. That I won’t do it. And it is self-gratifying that people call to thank you. It is good”
According to Kennedy Agyapong;
-All newly created regions – Oti Region, Ahafo Region, Bono Region, Savanna Region, Western North and North East Region – will be given 3000 pieces of facemasks and 3000 gloves.
-For 8 out of the 10 previously existing regions, each of them will receive 5000 pieces of facemasks, 5000 pieces of hand gloves. They are the Central, Eastern, Northern, Volta, Western, Brong Ahafo, Upper East and Upper West Regions
-Greater Accra Region – Accra and Tema – will receive 25, 000 pieces of facemasks and same number of hand gloves.
-The Ashanti Region will receive 10, 000 pieces of facemasks and same number of hand gloves.
-2000 pieces of facemasks and hand gloves will be sent to Noguchi Medical center, Ghana Police Service, Ghana Immigration service.
-National Ambulance Service will receive 1000 each of facemasks and hand gloves.
-200 beds will be donated to the Health Ministry in addition to 2000 pieces of protective clothes and 100 gallons of sanitizer to be distributed to health facilities across the country.
Ghana has recorded about 68 confirmed cases of Coronavirus. About half of the figure coming from samples of 186 quarantined travellers into the country.
There are about 1000 persons in quarantine whose results are yet to be determined. The Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, who has been at the fore of the government’s intervention has hinted the country is likely to see a spike in numbers coming from the remaining quarantined travellers.
Government has shutdown Ghana’s borders and also intensified education to alert citizens to practice good hygiene and social distancing.
So far 2 people have died after contracting the virus.