The World Health Organisation (WHO) donated 21,080 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Government of Ghana to support national COVID-19 response efforts. The assistance package included:

    • 1,000 gloves
    • 9,000 medical masks
    • 350 respirator masks
    • 750 gowns and
    • 180 goggles.

The supplies will be used by frontline health workers in the management of the disease and the prevention of its spread. WHO had also provided materials and technical support for preparedness, response, coordination and case management of the disease.

WHO Country Director Dr. Neema R. Kimambo assured government of the UN’s continued support for Ghana in the fight against the COVID-19. Dr. Kimambo said WHO believes Ghana could change the course of the pandemic by continuous detection, testing, treatment, isolation and public education.

Deputy Minister of Health Mr. Alexander Abban expressed gratitude to WHO for its continued support for public health and healthcare delivery in Ghana. Mr. Abban appealed to benevolent institutions and individuals to channel their donations to the MoH, as the sector ministry and central coordination point, to facilitate proper distribution of such items according to the capacity and needs of respective health facilities.

Mr. Abban observed that health workers had been calling out constantly for more PPE to enhance their work. He therefore appealed to businesses and nonprofits to come to the help of the government.

Credits: | Doreen Andoh