Chairperson of the COVID-19 Trust Fund, Madam Sophia Akuffo has disclosed that the government will this week begin the utilization of the National COVID-19 Trust Fund.
The Fund was established to support the vulnerable and those who will be hard hit by measures adopted to combat the Coronavirus disease in Ghana.
The commencement of the utilization of the Fund will allow disbursement to be made to enable the various activities aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 to begin.
“We will be very active to start distribution and so on and so forth. We know that each contribution we have received is going to help in combating the disease because we will be strengthening and supporting those involved in the combat activities as well as to help to alleviate the plight of the needy.”
Speaking in an interview, Madam Sophia Akuffo mentioned that the disbursement of the Fund would be made fairly and used for its intended purpose.
“The amounts will go into the main Fund. But, in the disbursement, we will make sure that we reach as many communities as possible. The Fund was set up to supplement and complement the government’s effort in combatting the virus. Medical centres and frontline activities will benefit and also the poor and vulnerable people in the community will also benefit,” she said.
President Nana Akufo-Addo in his fifth national address to the nation disclosed that the COVID-19 National Trust Fund has so far received a total sum of GH¢8.75 million in the form of donations from the general public.
He further commended Ghanaians and institutions for their kind gesture and support by donating to the Fund to support the initiative.
Donations made to the Fund so far
The COVID-19 National Trust Fund after its announcement has received many donations and contributions from businesses and individuals to support the government’s effort in the fight against the disease.
President Akufo-Addo donated his April, May, and June salaries as seed money for the Fund.
Vice-President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia followed suit and also donated three months’ salary to the Trust Fund.
All Ministers of State and other top appointees at the presidency voluntarily decided to donate 50 percent of their salary for the next three months to the COVID-19 Fund.
Parliament has contributed GH¢200,000 with the Speaker of the House, Prof. Aaron Mike Ocquaye donating half of his three months’ salary to the Fund.
Other groups and associations have also made different donations in cash and kind to various hospitals and health services in the country.