WHO donates Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to the Ministry of Health

The World Health Organisation continues to lead UN in Ghana efforts in support of the National Response to COVID-19.

The Acting Country Representative for WHO in Ghana, Dr. Neema Kimambo has called on Ghanaians to support the country’s effort at bringing the COVID-19 pandemic to an end.  She said, the fight against this public health nightmare is everyone’s business and called for all to abide by the protocols put in place to prevent the spread of the disease.

Dr. Kimambo said this when she handed over a set of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to the Ministry of Health as part of efforts to support the national COVID-19 Outbreak Response.  The donation 9000 Surgical Masks, 180 Goggles, 800 Face Shields, 350 N95 masks, 9200 Examination Gloves and 750 Gowns of different sizes, is the second of such by the United Nations in Ghana.  The first donation of 300 swabs, 500 RNA extraction and 1000 test kits was made to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) in Accra.

“Ghana can still change the course of this pandemic. If we continue to detect, test, treat isolate, trace and mobilise our people in the response. I am happy to say that every arm of the government is working together to scale-up critical measures.  I congratulate the Government for this effort” she added.

Dr. Kimambo said that the UN, through WHO will continue providing technical support for preparedness and response to COVID-19.

The Deputy Minister of Health. Hon. Alex K.K Abban said that the Government is doing the best it can to provide logistics for the Outbreak Response, adding the PPEs received are timely.

Hon. Abban also made a passionate appeal to individuals and organisations wanting to support the COVID-19 national response to do so through the Ministry of Health or through the National Security.  He said there is a urgent need to consolidate all items received so that they can be distributed equitably throughout health facilities across the country.

Present at the brief handing over ceremony were Acting Chief Director of the Ministry of Health, Dr Martha Gyansa-Lutterodt, Directors of the Ministry of Health, WHO staff and a cross section of the Media.

Written by
Cynthia Prah
Communications Officer
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