The Republic of South Korea donated $200,000, worth of COVID-19 laboratory testing equipment and PPE to Ghana’s Ministry of Health as part of South Korea’s resolve to assist Ghana boost its capacity to fight the pandemic, notably, in the conducting of COVID-19 tests and in reducing testing backlogs. T

he Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Ghana Mr. Taesoo Kim described the support as another instance of COVID-19 interventions the South Korean Government was providing for Ghana. The donated equipment included:

  • 4 automated Ribonucleic acid (RNA) extractors
  • 4 Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing machines
  • 5,000 face shields
  • 5,000 goggles
  • 8,500 N95 face masks and
  • 8,500 surgical gowns

Mr. Taeso Kim hoped that the donated equipment and PPE would significantly help health workers in their management of cases of the disease in Ghana. He expressed his appreciation to the Government of Ghana for its outstanding leadership in managing the disease. He noted that while Ghana was experiencing a surge in cases, he remained optimistic the government’s ability to lead Ghana to bring the the disease under control and eventually stop it from spreading.

The KOICA Country Director (Ghana) Mr. Mooheon Kong said the fight against COVID-19 was a shared responsibility, but that the government of the Republic of South Korea would continuously renew its long-lasting commitment to the partnership existing between South Korea and Ghana. Mr. Kong said he expects the PPE to be distributed to health workers in various healthcare institutions across Ghana and the the testing machines will be given to the four public health reference laboratories in Ghana.

Mr. Kim referenced the African Ubuntu philosophy which says: ‘I am because we are’ to make the point that humanity could not exist in isolation, noting that we are all connected in one global village.

“We can no longer see development as an isolated effort because whatever happens in one place will affect other places. Therefore, partnerships and collaboration in development cooperation are particularly important,” he said.

Mr. Kim observed that the close bond of friendship between South Korea and Ghana had informed the different kinds of support South Korea has offered to Ghana over the years. He affirmed the commitment between Ghana and South Korea to strengthening ties of cooperation in the area of health and creating a platform for dynamic partnerships between the two countries.

The Chief Director of Ministry of Health Ghana Mr. Kwabena Boadu Oku-Afari who received the package of equipment and supplies on behalf of the Minister-designate for Health Mr. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu. Mr. Oku-Afari expressed Ghana’s gratitude to the government and the people of South Korea for the generous support for South Korea’s continued technical, financial and material support to Ghana’s health sector. He noted that the assistance had come to boost Ghana’s resolve to enhance testing and safeguard the health of the population and frontline health workers.

South Korea is represented in Ghana by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and in the area of health by the Korea Foundation for International Healthcare (KOFIH).

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