The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) has donated One Million US dollars towards the construction of an infectious disease isolation and treatment facility at the Ga East Hospital.
The project which is estimated to cost about 4.5 million US dollars is spearheaded by the Ghana COVID-19 Private Sector Fund and it is expected to be ready for use by the end of May.
The Chief Executive Officer of the GNPC, Dr. Kofi Koduah Sarpong, said it was very prudent to support the initiative of the private sector as part of measures to control the spread of the pandemic.
“The donation of the one million was approved by our board of directors for us to contribute to the fight against COVID-19. Indeed, we came to a conclusion that if during the fight against Ebola steps had been taken to put in place an infectious disease treatment centre in the country, maybe we won’t be caught with the situation we have on hand where we don’t have any dedicated facility for such disease.”
“So, we saw the initiative from the private sector as a good one for us to join so that at least some legacy can be left from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Dr Sarpong said.
Similar projects to be Undertaken
The Ghana COVID-19 Private Sector Fund has promised to construct similar infectious disease centres in Kumasi, Takoradi, and Tamale after the current project in Accra is completed.
According to Dr.Sarpong, GNPC is willing to join the Private Sector Fund to construct treatment facilities in other regions of the country as well.
“Subject to the approval of my board of directors, which I don’t think they will withhold, we will be joining the Ghana COVID-19 Private Sector Fund in their bid to do similar constructions in Kumasi, Tamale and the western part of this country where the oil comes from. We are joining them in this regard to make sure that specifically our contribution will be towards the delivery of these treatment facilities,” he said.
“We need to encourage the Ghana COVID-19 Private Sector Fund. We need to work with them. It is good that they are embracing the public sector like the GNPC. I’m sure there are other organizations that can help them deliver,” he added.
“I want to congratulate the Private Sector Fund Trustees for taking the initiative. People thought that the fight was that of government alone but they have demonstrated that together with the government a lot more can be done,” Dr Sarpong said.
The Managing Trustee of the Ghana COVID-19 Private Sector Fund, Senyo Hosi, applauded the GNPC for contributing to the Fund to actualize the vision of constructing an isolation and treatment facility in the country.
“The nation wins when the public sector joins hands with the private sector and what the GNPC has done is a clear example that together we can achieve more and that together we can overcome COVID-19. We are very grateful to the GNPC for seeing the wisdom in this initiative and supporting us with the funds to help bring this vision to fruition. We will deliver this project in good time to make us all proud,” he noted.