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COVID-19: Freemasons In Ghana Donates GH₵280,000 To Noguchi Memorial Institute


As part of measures of supporting front health professions in the fight against covid-19 in the country, the District Grand lodge of Ghana has donated two specialized ultra-low freezers and 1,000 PCR test kits to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in Accra. 


According to the Freemasons, the items which is worth ₵280,000 is their little contribution to the Health Centre as it treats persons infected with coronavirus.


Presenting the items, representatives of the District Grand Lodge of Ghana led by the District Grand Master, Isaac Owulaku Hood said "The District Grand lodge is part of a worldwide body of Freemasons who operate under the United Grand Lodge of England, the Premier Grand lodge"


The Ghana district was formed up 89 years with members spread across the country adding that it is the oldest lodge in the country, i.e, Gold Coast Lodge, formed in 1863. 


“Seeing the threat that Covid-19 posed to our dear nation Ghana, Freemasons of the Ghana District set up a charity fund, since one of the principal tenets of Freemasonry is Charity, specifically aimed at supporting the Institute which is at the forefront of the fight against Covid-19” he said.

Director at the Institute, Prof Abraham Kwabena Annan lauded the District Grand lodge of Ghana for their kind gesture adding that the PCR test kits will help the health workers to work effectively whiles the Ultra-Low Freezers will be used to store biological samples.


He said "The equipment would also help in storage of specimen which could be used for current and future research and aid in the development of vaccines. Given the generosity of the Freemasons, the NMIMR would be happy to share the donation with their sister research organizations, the Kumasi Center for Collaborative Research (KCCR) as arrangements are on hand to deliver one ultra-low freezer to KCCR" 

 

The District Grand Master, Mr.Hood tasked the institute to work happy adding that if the centre needs help, it should not hesitate to call on them.


Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

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