A 15-year-old student of the Lincoln Community School in Abelempke, Rudra Raj Singh has donated some FDA approved face masks to the Ministry of Health for onward distribution to health professionals and people in deprived communities across the country.
The project named ‘Medaase’ masks will see health workers at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and LEKMA hospital receive free face masks to aid the prevention of the spread of the coronavirus even as they execute their duties.
Presenting the first set of masks to the Ministry of Health, the donor, Rudra Raj Singh underscored the need for individuals and organisations to support the COVID-19 fight.
“We aim to provide FDA approved masks to both the Ghanaian medical staff and people in deprived communities. We believe that masks and other health equipment are essential in the battle against COVID-19. We believe that empowering the Ghanaian with masks could help fight the virus alongside approved hygienic procedures,” he said.
In accepting the masks, Deputy Health Minister, Dr Okoe Boye was thankful for the gesture.
“You don’t need sophisticated equipment to get people healthy but all you need is a good partnership that provides some of the basic things to protect people from the virus. Government can touch lives but private individuals are huge in numbers than the government. I’m happy that as young as you are, you are helping with such a project and I know many lives will be affected,” he said.
Rudra Raj currently has donated 250 face masks to the Ministry of Health for disbursement and hopes to scale up production to other hospitals and communities in the country.