From Directorate of Public Relations, Burma Camp, Accra
The United States (U.S.) has donated critical medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Ghana Health Service, to assist frontline health workers in Kumasi and Sekondi, in the fight against COVID-19.
The U.S. Ambassador to Ghana – Stephanie S. Sullivan presented the supplies to members of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) on Friday, August 28th, 2020, who will transport the supplies and be joined by representatives of the U.S. Embassy in Accra, to deliver them on August 31 to the Kumasi South Hospital in the Ashanti Region and the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital, in the Western Region.
The United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM) provided the funding to purchase the supplies, which are valued at over Four Hundred and Thirty Thousand Cedis (¢430,000), and include 10,000 N95 face masks, 1,600 hospital gowns, 2,000 litres of methylated spirit, 3,000 litres of sodium hypochlorite, 20 glucometers, 200 glucometer strips and 14 pulse oximeters.
This donation of medical supplies and the cooperative delivery between USAFRICOM and GAF, are testaments to the advanced partnership between the United States and Ghana.
At the presentation ceremony at Burma Camp, Ambassador Stephanie S. Sullivan commented: “The United States is leading the world in providing critical international assistance as, together, we battle this global pandemic. And the GAF continues to play a leading role, along with the Ministry of Health, in responding to the pandemic here in Ghana. The U.S. Embassy and AFRICOM are proud to partner with the GAF in this and many other endeavours.”
The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) – Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) Obed Boamah Akwa, on his part said “This generous gesture by the US Embassy and AFRICOM is very timely in the midst of the pandemic in which we find ourselves. It is in times of crisis that you know who your true friends are; and the United States has proven to be a worthy friend of Ghana, and in particular the GAF, during this crisis of COVID-19 Pandemic.
For us in the GAF, the least we can do is to facilitate the delivery of these critically needed medical supplies to the places where they are most needed.”
USAFRICOM previously supported 37 Military Hospital with a similar donation of medical supplies and notably provided two State-of-the-Art Level II Field Hospitals, to the GAF in February 2020.
The GAF has since deployed one of the hospitals in Accra, and it is now the second-largest COVID-19 treatment centre in Ghana.