The Government of Ghana has received medical supplies from the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) for the treatment and management of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
The medical items include face masks, protective goggles, overalls, gloves, oxygen concentrators, and pulse oximeters.
Before this presentation, WAHO had already donated critical COVID-19 medical supplies to the 15-member countries of ECOWAS funded by WAHO and its partners — the German Government (BMZ), the European Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission and WAHO and procured by GIZ and UNDP.
The donation forms part of a $50 million support facility to ECOWAS to enhance the regional fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Chief Director of the Ministry of Health, Mr. Kwabena Boadu Oku-Afari, received the medical items on behalf of the Minister for Health and expressed the government’s gratitude to WAHO and its partners for their support.
He emphasised the importance of the items to enhance the testing and treatment of the COVID-19 cases in the country.
The Head of Logistics at the ECOWAS Regional Centre for Surveillance and Disease Control, Mr. Sampson Ayeni, who led the team to donate the items, was hopeful that the supply would be efficiently used.
He hinted that more distributions and allocations would be done because additional items would be procured for member countries of which Ghana would be a beneficiary.
Mr. Christoph Retzlaff, the German Ambassador to Ghana described the donation as significant, pledging his country’s commitment to supporting Ghana in the fight against COVID-19 as demonstrated through the funding of some of the items.
Ms. Silke Hollander, Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP in Ghana noted that UNDP as part of the UN System remains committed to working with the government and partners to provide lifesaving medical supplies to enhance the capacity of frontline workers to fight the pandemic.
Patience Anaadem, ISD