The Republic of South Korea provided 100,000 medical face shields worth US$50,000 to the Ghana Health Service to support the national COVID-19 response efforts in Ghana. The face shields will be distributed to critical care health workers in health facilities across Ghana to boost case management. The were p provided to the Ghana government through the Korea Foundation for International Health (KOFIH) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).
Mr. Ham Sang-wook, Deputy Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs of the Republic of Korea, who donated the protective equipment, described the assistance as a a response to global calls for oneness in the fight against the pandemic. “COVID-19 has overwhelmed most economies and the international community must be united in combating it,” he said.
Mr Sang-wook noted that South Korean government had so far assisted Africa to the tune of about US$ 200,000 in COVID-19 response since last year and had committed over US$3.5million in Ghana to provide personal protective equipment (PPE). Mr. Sang-wook said the assistance reinforces the long-standing friendship between Korea and Ghana, noting that South Korea was confident that together, both countries will overcome the pandemic.
Ghana’s Minister of Health Mr. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu received the PPE in Accra and expressed gratitude to the government and the people of South Korea for their continuous support for Ghana, notably in the healthcare sector. Mr. Agyeman-Manu described the Korea Foundation for International Health (KOFIH) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) as “dependable partners in Ghana’s health sector.