The World Health Organisation (WHO) provided a special package of intensive care equipment worth GH¢2.1 Million to Ghana’s Ministry of Health to support Ghana’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The donation of the 9,580 units of equipment coincided with the commemoration of World Health Day 2021.

The equipment provided is listed as follows:

Adult pulse oximeters and accessories220 Portable handheld pulse oximeters and accessories30
Pediatric pulse oximeters and accessories160Adult venturi masks275
Ventilators8Paediatric venturi masks257
Air compressors and accessories8Nasal oxygen cannula for adult/ pediatric use2,200
Coveralls1,950 oxygen concentrator kits with spare parts55
Pairs of gum boots270200ml bottles of hand sanitizers3,780
Shoe covers330

WHO Country Representative in Ghana Dr. Francis Kaslo was confident that the equipment would support Ghana’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

“As WHO, we remain committed to ensuring that all people in Africa and globally can realise the right to good health. We also hope that these ICU equipment would go a long way to support government’s efforts to contain the pandemic.”

Dr. Francis Kaslo, WHO Country Representative in Ghana

Dr. Kaslo observed that the COVID-19 pandemic had shone a light on inequalities among countries amid shortages of essential supplies, pushing African countries to the back of the queue in accessing COVID-19 test kits, personal protective equipment and now vaccines. He added that the pandemic also revealed discrimination in the health sector based on gender, place of residence, income, educational level, age, ethnicity and disability and other vulnerable demographic groups. Dr. Kaslo called for more investments in health to accelerate progress towards attaining universal health coverage to protect individuals from financial hardships, and to improve access to services and coverage.

“To improve this situation, we need to act on social and economic determinants of health by working across sectors to improve the living and working conditions….,” Dr. Kaslo said.

Ghana’s Minister of Health Mr. Kwaku Agyemang-Manu received the ICU equipment and expressed gratitude to WHO for the assistance and for the technical and financial support WHO had provided to Ghana’s health sector over the years.

Mr. Agyeman-Manu said Ghana was particularly grateful to WHO because despite the tremendous strides made with regard to managing the COVID-19 situation, it had not held back its support to help the country overcome the pandemic. Mr. Agyeman-Manu said Ghana’s efforts had led to a reduction of the national burden from over 8,000 cases, with 200 cases a day to less than 2,000 cases, with less than 50 daily cases on average.