The British High Commissioner to Ghana H.E. Harriet Thompson commissioned a 10-bed capacity High Dependency Unit for the extensive care of severe and critical COVID-19 cases at St. Dominic Hospital at Akwatia in the Eastern Region. The project augments the Ghana Government’s efforts to effectively respond to the pandemic and ensure continuity of routine healthcare services, particularly in underserved and remote areas of Ghana.

The UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) funded the project under its COVID-19 Institutional Capacity Building (CRIB) project that is being implemented by the Christian Health Association of Ghana. In all, three HDUs estimated at at an estimated at GH¢800,000 are being established under the CRIB project to serve the Northern, Middle and Southern belts of Ghana. British High Commissioner Harriet Thompson expressed the UK’s continued support for Ghana’s COVID-19 response.

“The skills and equipment we are providing are useful not just for treatment of severe COVID-19 but also for other diseases needing critical care. We must prepare for the future while addressing the now.”

H.E. Harriet Thompson | British High Commissioner to Ghana

High Commissioner Thompson noted that the UK had so far committed £6 million in capacity building, risk communication, purchase of essential logistics and vaccine distribution. She urged the management of the St. Dominic Hospital to ensure proper maintenance of the equipment in order to provide quality care for patients.

Dr. Peter Yeboah, Executive Director of Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) said that under the CRIB project, six testing sites had been adequately resourced in the Upper East, Bono, Ashanti, Central and Eastern regions to conduct PCR tests for COVID-19. “So far, a total of 21,158 tests have been conducted in the 40 participating districts of which 4,419 tests were conducted in CHAG facilities using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) with 1,264 positive cases,” he added. Further, 6,000 health workers had been trained and 40 isolation units established, Dr. Yeboah noted.

Administrator of St. Dominic Hospital Rev. Fr. Ebenezer Abban expressed gratitude to CHAG for establishing the facility at the hospital that has recorded 355 positive Covid-19 cases since April 2020. “The establishment of the HDU will help us better treat and manage severe cases,” he said.

CHAG was committed to “harnessing infrastructure, access to social spaces and trusted assets in promoting fruitful partnership towards strengthening our health system to be responsive, robust and resilient.”