The President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana, Pharm Dr. Samuel Kow Donkoh, has reaffirmed the society’s commitment to aiding flood-displaced residents and flood-affected communities within the Central Tongu district. This pronouncement was made during a visit to the district by the Volta Regional branch of the Ghana Pharmaceutical Society, along with the national executives of the organization.
The Society made a substantial contribution by donating medical supplies valued at ₵100,000, in addition to providing relief items to all the communities located in the Central Tongu District. Furthermore, they expressed their determination to gather additional resources for the other affected districts.
In recent weeks, the Akosombo spillage, which resulted in unprecedented flooding in the Lower Volta Basin, has wreaked havoc on numerous communities in the Volta Region. This has led to the displacement of approximately 26,000 residents in the area, causing significant physical damage and elevating the risk of disease outbreaks and health emergencies. Pharm Dr. Samuel Kow Donkoh, the President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana, who led the team during their Central Tongu District visit, emphasized the severity of the situation stemming from the flooding. Consequently, the society felt compelled to donate medical supplies and relief items to assist the victims.
The PSGH delegation commenced their tour of the district with a convoy of medical personnel, volunteers, and trucks loaded with essential supplies. The team carried a comprehensive range of supplies, including medications like antibiotics and pain relievers for treating common ailments and injuries. First Aid kits containing bandages, antiseptics, and other immediate medical care essentials were also provided.
In light of the increased risk of waterborne diseases, hygiene kits, complete with soap, sanitizers, and hygiene instructions, were distributed. Additionally, mobile vaccination clinics were established to ensure that both children and adults received crucial vaccines, safeguarding them against preventable diseases. In conjunction with the medical supplies, the relief mission aimed to enhance the living conditions of the affected communities. This encompassed the distribution of non-perishable food items and clean drinking water to ensure that no one in the affected communities experienced hunger or thirst.
To provide some shelter from the elements, tents and blankets were furnished to those who had lost their homes due to the floods. Furthermore, new and used clothing was distributed to ensure that the affected individuals had dry and warm attire.