PIX: Hon Samuel Pyne, Kumasi Mayor presenting one of the certificates to Dr Joseph Bonney, Emergency Medicine Staff at KATH.
NINE HUNDRED and sixteen (916) health workers and persons from government institutions, hospitals and security agencies in the Kumasi Metropolis who braved the odds and worked as frontline staff during COVID-19 outbreak have received their honorary certificates.
This follows an earlier recognition by the President at a state event in Accra about two months ago.
At a brief ceremony at the conference room at the KMA, Mayor of Kumasi, Hon Samuel Pyne presented the named persons with their certificates.
He commended them for risking their lives to save the people of Kumasi from the dangers of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Mayor said having returned from Hunan in China weeks before the outbreak of COVID-19, he battled the effects of the viral disease.
He noted that he was deserted by friends who suspected his infection but through the treatment processes he could appreciate the pain those who similarly had COVID-19 went through, the Mayor narrated.
Hon Pyne therefore lauded health workers for showing dedication and commitment to saving lives despite the risks attached to same.
“By your dedication and commitment to duty during the outbreak of COVID-19, you showed to the Ghanaian people especially those of us in Kumasi that you were patriotic and valued the lives of residents even more than yours and for this some of us would be forever indebted to you”, the Mayor noted.
Speaking on behalf of his counterparts, Dr Joseph Bonney from the Emergency Medicine Unit at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) said they were appreciative of the honours bestowed on them by the President and the State of Ghana.
He also commended the Mayor for taking interest by availing himself to present the certificates to them.
Dr Bonney noted that as health workers their first duty is to save lives, adding that such commitment is what enabled them to work during high risk COVID-19 outbreak.
“We are grateful to the President of the Land and to the State for recognising our modest efforts during the COVID-19 outbreak and i believe this honour would spur us on to do more for our people and the Nation Ghana at all times”, the Medical practitioner stated.
The 916 persons who received honours were from Prisons (8), Ambulance Service (8), Suntreso government hospital (39), Manhyia Gov’t Hospital (49) and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (722).
The others were from Kumasi Children’s Hospital (42), TUC isolation Centre (37) and the Kumasi Metro Health Directorate (11).
Story By Michael Ofosu-Afriyie,