By Lt M Kwawukumey – PIO
The Ghana Independent Infantry Company (GHANCOY 2) of United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has collaborated with the Aweil Field Office to support the Aweil Civil Hospital in preparations against possible COVID-19 outbreak in Aweil.
The Engineer Detachment of GHANCOY 2 and Engineer Section of the Field Office, embarked on series of projects, which included the renovation of a dis-used thirteen (13)-seater toilet facility, the construction of an overhead poly-tank for water connection in the Antenatal Department, as well as the provision of thirteen (13) hand-washing stands.
All the above-listed works are part of the Phase 1 of the Field Office’s COVID-19 assistance to the Aweil Civil Hospital, which spanned from 4 to 22 May 2020.
Phase 2 of the project, which will commence at a later date will see the construction and extension of sheds at the Out Patient Department (OPD) and Maternity Units of the hospital. This is to enhance the practice of social distancing as a safety protocol in COVID-19 management.
The Aweil Civil Hospital is the only referral hospital in the Northern Bahr El Ghazal State, serving a population of over 730,000 people. Projects under phase 1 are already in use due to its urgency in healthcare delivery.
During the handover of the projects, right after completion on Wednesday, 20th May, 2020, management of the hospital expressed their utmost appreciation to the Officer Commanding Lt Col Daniel Ampadu; Officer-In-Charge, Head of Field Office Mr Kalif Farah, the GHANCOY Engineer Detachment and the entire UNMISS in Aweil for the timely assistance.
GHANCOY 2 has routinely reached out to assist the people of Aweil and parts of Northern Bahr El Ghazal. The assistance included water supply to the Maper Dut Thou community, the Aweil Civil Hospital as well as a cleanup exercise of the Aweil Women Resource Centre.