Institutions of higher learning apart from teaching and research are noted for their support to their communities including the provision of essential services. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought forth the need for our communities to be supported as never before.
It is in the light of this that the Ghana Association of University Administrators (GAUA) has made a modest contribution to fighting this pandemic.
Membership of this Association, among others, includes Medical Officers/Consultants/specialists, Pharmacists/Laboratory Technologists, and other health professionals.
These categories of staff of public universities are the frontline health workers who are currently providing specialised services to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the universities and their surrounding communities.
In addition to the above, GAUA is also supporting the fight through its other members, namely Administrative staff including Registrars, Finance Officers, Estate Officers, Security Experts, Counsellors, among others, who are providing important and essential services to keep the university structures, facilities and municipal services running in the midst of the lockdown.
For example, ICT staff are working to ensure that the University ICT infrastructural facilities function. This is to ensure that the necessary ICT platforms are available to support e-learning during the lockdown period.
In addition to these critical services as mentioned above, to fight this global pandemic, the National Executive Committee (NEC) of GAUA (Administrative/ Professional Senior Members of public universities) has made a cash donation of GH₵ 15,000.00 to the COVID-19 Trust Fund.
The above donation forms part of GAUA’s corporate strategies and community impact project put together to commemorate 40 years of the establishment of the Association this year.
In a related development, the local branch of the Association at KNUST, Kumasi, made a modest donation of quantities of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), valued GH₵ 5,000.00, to the University Hospital, KNUST, Kumasi, towards its efforts at fighting and managing COVID-19.
Making the presentation on behalf of the Association, Mr. Kwame Yeboah Jr, President of the Association, at both the local and national levels, reiterated the need for everyone to support our health professionals to bring the pandemic under control.
Receiving the cheque on behalf of the COVID-19 Trust Fund, the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Simon Osei Mensah, thanked the Association for its kind gesture and called on other corporate bodies to follow suit.
On his part, Dr. Osei Wusu Ansah, Director, University Health Services, KNUST, and a member of the Association, thanked GAUA for the gesture and called for more from other benevolent organisations.