For several years now Engen Ghana has been supporting the Operation Smile in Ghana.
Operation Smile is an international medical charity that has provided hundreds of thousands of free surgeries for children and young adults in developing countries who are born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities. In this very difficult time due to the massive worldwide pandemic, Operation Smile was more important than ever to keep supporting their cause. You will find below an extract of their latest report :
“First and Foremost, we would like to thank you for your passion toward Operation Smile and your commitment to the planned April 2020 Ho, Ghana mission. As you are aware, the COVID-19 disease continues to spread around the world, with health systems currently managing cases or preparing for response. As the situation continues to evolve, it is increasingly difficult to predict everything and the impact globally.
Considering this, the Office of the President in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service has taken some measures to limit the spread of coronavirus. Given the measures and the current situation globally, it is with an abundance of caution that Operation Smile has decided to postpone the upcoming April 2020 Ho, Ghana mission until further notice.
As we continue to monitor the state of COVID-19 within Ghana and globally our Medical Advisory Council will provide advice and updates on when it is safe to continue our surgical programs, patient recruitment, educational programs, and nutrition activities. We do not take this decision lightly and we understand the sacrifices you have made to support this mission. The safety of our patients, volunteers, and staff is our number one priority. This drives our decision along with the directives of the President’s office, Ministry of Health, and Ghana Health Service.
Scheduled plans to meet and present certificates and reports of the Koforidua 2019 mission are currently on hold as well as we encourage social distancing and working from home. As the situation evolves, we will communicate updates on our activities subsequently. We thank you for your understanding, and as a global community, hope that the cases around the world are resolved very soon.”
Find out more about Operation Smile Ghana : http://operationsmile.org.gh/vision/