The Diaspora Africa Forum has partnered with New York based Gradian Health Systems to donate critical equipment to Ghana’s Ministry of Health to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The donation comprised 300 airway kits, which are critical equipment in keeping COVID-19 patients alive. Ambassador Dr. Erieka Bennett, head of Diaspora Africa Forum thanked Gradian Health System and CEO Lina Sayed for supporting Ghana’s pandemic program.
“We need all hands on deck at a time like this, and the historical diaspora is always ready to do its part,” Dr. Bennet said. In her speech, which was carried live at the event via Zoom, Gradian Health Systems’ Lina Sayed said her company’s experience on the continent places it in a position to play role in the fight against the pandemic.
In his speech to accept the donation, Honorable Okoe Boye, Deputy Minister of Health and Member of Parliemnt for Ledzokuku acknowledged the critical role that the airway kits will play in keeping patients alive.
That role was explained by Dr. Juliet Tuakli, Chairwoman of United Way Worldwide. “Ventilators need the airway kits to work, but the CPR and Airway kits don’t need the ventilator to help with patient breathing,” said Dr. Tuakli in an interview with DNT after the presentation.
In attendance were Dr. Martha Lutterodt, a director at the Ministry of Health, Jermain Nkrumah, CEO of Diaspora Network Television, and Akwasi Awuah Ababio, Director of Diaspora Affairs, Office of the President.
DNT News, Accra