Accra, 21 April, 2020 / 2:25 am (ACI Africa).
Different Catholic Groups in Ghana have heeded to the appeal by the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) for financial assistance in its nine-month National Emergency Response Plan to combat COVID-19 by donating towards the purchase of hospital equipment and food for the needy in the West African country.
On March 27, Bishops in Ghana launched a special appeal through a letter signed by Fr. Lazarus Anondee, the Secretary General of the Accra-based National Catholic Secretariat (NCS) to all Catholic organizations, businesses and the faithful to assist in the efforts to fight against COVID-19 pandemic in their country.
The appeal was also geared towards supporting the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and other medical supplies to support the 46 Hospitals and the 83 Clinics run by the Church under the National Catholic Health Service in the fight against the pandemic as well as support the poor and vulnerable within the Church during this difficult time.
The groups, the Noble Order of the Knights and Ladies of Marshall as well as the Ancient Order of Knights of St. John International (KSJI) and their Ladies Auxiliary, at separate ceremonies at NCS, presented cheques amounting to GHc130,000 ($26,000) to support the Bishops’ COVID-19 Fund.
The Knights and Ladies of Marshall presented a cheque for GHc100, 000 ($20,000) on April 15 while the Knights of St. John presented a cheque for GHc30, 000 ($6,000) on April 17 to the Church hierarchy to procure PPEs for frontline health workers and also to provide relief items to the poor and vulnerable population.