Mr Herbert Mensah, businessman and President of Ghana Rugby, has launched a passionate appeal to businesses in Ghana to stand up and be counted in the fight against the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Mensah, in conjunction with Sunda International, made a substantial contribution to the Legon Hospital with products such as detergents and soaps that are manufactured locally in Ghana.
Mr Isaac Hu, Sunda International’s Manager for Africa, has been supporting Mensah with various ventures such as Ghana Rugby, May 9th Remembered and other charitable products that Mensah has been involved in over the years.
In the appeal, Mensah referred to many cases of businesses and business people who stood up to be counted and who made substantial contributions.
Alibaba founder Jack Ma pledged to donate medical equipment, including 1.5 million laboratory kits for the novel coronavirus, to member states of the African Union.
In South Africa billionaires Johann Rupert and Nicky Oppenheimer are each giving away R1 billion (US$ 57million) to help South African small businesses and their workers cope with the economic carnage wrought by Covid-19 and the impending lockdown.
Mensah also initiated a COVID-19 information service for the Ghana Rugby Family in which his message is, “Everything will be fine if we all play our part!”
The appeal from Mensah is also aimed at all the people who may have an influence on businesses in Ghana.
“Stop sitting around and just rely on the government to make big decisions. They are already making big decisions. Now the question is, ‘Where do we go?’”
Mensah further stated that there are already guidelines and regulations on how to protect ourselves and others against the spread of Covid-19 but that there are many less-fortunate people who find it difficult to ride out this storm.
“We have many Regions in Ghana and every Region must have one or a few wealthy people who can afford to help others. This is the time to stop thinking about yourself, but to rather think about Ghana,” Mensah said.
Mensah ended his appeal with, “All I’m saying is that I’m appealing to you, middle classes. Come together, go to the people you benefit from and put pressure on them to support the cause.”