UNOPS delivers 24,790 HIV test kits to Ghana Health Service
The procurement of HIV test kits, worth $1,100,000, was financed by the Global Fund through the West Africa Project to Combat AIDS and STI (WAPCAS) to the Ghana Health Service (GHS).
The handing-over ceremony was held at the Public Health Center at Korle-Bu in Accra. The items consist of 6,570 units of First Response HIV 1-2-0 Card Test Kit, 16,700 units of First Response HIV 1+2 / Syphilis Combo Card Test Kit, and 1,520 units of HIV 1+2 - OraQuick HIV Self-Test Kit. These HIV rapid diagnostic kits are expected to play a vital role in decentralising testing and reaching remote communities in the country by producing a test result quickly, usually in less than 30 minutes.
In a press release issued by UNOPS, the procured HIV test kits are to be distributed to communities throughout the country to assess the level of infection in the communities.
The ceremony was attended by Dr. Franklin Asiedu-Bekoe, Director Public Health (representing the Director General of GHS), Ms. Angela Trenton-Mbonde, Country Director of UNAIDS, Mr. Emmanuel Mahama M&E and Research Manager of WAPCAS, (representing Country Director of WAPCAS) and Ifeoma Charles-Monwuba, Director and Representative of UNOPS.