Govt honours Citi TV/FM’s Umaru Sanda, others at National Awards


The Host of Eyewitness News on Citi FM and Face to Face on Citi TV, Umaru Sanda Amadu, was on Tuesday, March 14, honoured by the Government of Ghana for his role in the fight against COVID-19.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo presented the proficient broadcaster with a certificate of Presidential Honour for Distinguished Service at a ceremony held at the Accra International Conference Center.

Excerpts of inscriptions on the certificate read: “in recognition of your remarkable technical/administrative support to the Ghana Covid-19 Private Sector Fund in the construction of Ghana’s foremost infectious diseases centre. Your contribution will always be remembered”.

Other awardees included the chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Covid-19 National Trust Fund, Sophia Akuffo, as well as other persons including frontline workers, health personnel and others who played various roles in the fight against Coronavirus in Ghana.

Felix Kyei Mensah, Safo Appiah Oppong, Kofi Essel Appiah, Fiifi Sam Awotwe, Richard Adei, Samuel Asiedu, Kofi Obeng Ayirebi, Clement K. Amorle, Ato Roberts, Ruth Ann Richardson, Benjamin K. Larbi, Ayan Agbeyega, Emmanuel Bentil, Franklin Kudornu, Obed Ampadu Asiamah were among the hundreds of persons who were honoured at the event.

Others were also honoured in different categories for their selfless service to Ghana.

Sanda who is also the host of Face to Face on Citi TV was recognised by the state for being a member of the Technical team that helped in the construction of the Infectious Disease Center at the Ga East Hospital.

The Ghana Infectious Disease Center (GIDC), a 100-bed capacity facility, was the country’s first infectious disease centre built with the support of the Ghana COVID-19 Private Sector Fund in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The facility was the country’s major referral point for COVID-19 patients in need of intensive critical care.

Due to the urgent need for an infectious disease centre, the hospital was built in a record time of 100 days.

Over 700 square meters of water-efficient landscaping was embedded throughout the hospital to provide as pleasant of an environment as possible for patient recovery.

Speaking at the event, President Akufo-Addo was thankful to everyone who contributed to efforts in defeating COVID-19 in Ghana.

“Our relative success in winning the fight against COVID-19 is a testament to the tireless work of our researchers, scientists, advisors, public health managers, frontline healthcare workers, hospital staff, contact tracers, the security services, public and private sector agencies, faith-based organizations, and so many others.


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