First Sky Construction has donated GHS 200,000 to the University of Health and Allied Sciences COVID-19 Testing Centre to assist in the day-to-day running of the laboratory. The construction company has put together a package to assist the Volta Region fight the pandemic, and the UHAS COVID-19 Testing Centre is the fifth facility in this Region that First Sky has supported.
Delivering the generous cheque to UHAS Vice Chancellor John Gyapong on May 19, Ing. Ernest Nii Okai Hammond, Chief Executive Officer of First Sky Construction, said his company decided it was prudent to support the Volta Region by any means possible, especially during the pandemic, as most of their business is conducted here. He also said that more of such benevolence is in the pipeline, and expressed appreciation to UHAS for its continuous support and cooperation.
Prof. Gyapong thanked the company for the kind gesture which, he said, would “come in handy” as the Centre gears up to expand its testing capacity. He noted that at full capacity, the lab, which is receiving about 300 samples a day, could run about 2000 samples a day.
Dr. Kwabena Duedu, Head of UHAS COVID-19 Testing Centre, said the donation would go a long way to support the Centre to deliver on its mandate. He urged other entities also to support the facility, which is currently relying on supplies meant for teaching and research projects to conduct COVID-19 testing.