Richard Nkansah Mensah presenting the items to Alex Segbefia
Pharmanova Company Limited and Ernest Chemists, both pharmaceutical companies in the country, have donated medical items to the Ministry of Health (MoH) in support of activities to contain the meningitis outbreak.
The companies in separate donations presented antibiotics to the ministry for onward distribution to hospitals in the affected areas for treatment of patients.
Managing Director of Pharmanova, Dhananjay Tripathi, presenting the items worth GH¢12,000 to the Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Victor Asare Bampoe, said as a local pharmaceutical company, it behooves them to support the ministry during times like the meningitis outbreak.
He said, “We see this as our social responsibility to the people we serve.”
Dr Bampoe, receiving the items, said the gesture is a clear example of how Ghanaians can pool resources together and help solve their own problems.
“I appeal to other pharmaceutical companies to follow suit and help the ministry control the spread of the disease and treat patients,” he added.
Internal Business Development Manager of Ernest Chemist, Richard Nkansah Mensah, presenting GH¢30,000 worth of antibiotics to Health Minister Alex Segbefia said the donation was in response to activities going on to help control the outbreak of meningitis in the country.
Mr Segbefia, receiving the donation, commended Ernest Chemist for showing their support to the ministry.
He said on numerous occasions, Ernest Chemist has come to the aid of the ministry during times of national health challenges.
“This will help restock our stores and provided timely treatment to patients,” he said.
The first case of meningitis occurred in December 2015 in Brohani and Seikwa communities in the Tain District of the Brong Ahafo Region.
So far, 36 deaths have been recorded, with 183 cases in four regions namely, Brong Ahafo, Northern, Ashanti and Volta regions.
By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri