Stanbic Bank partners with UNOPS to deliver COVID-19 test kits worth $100,000 to Ghana Health Service
UNOPS has delivered 5,568 units of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test kit, 5,504 units of Nucleic acid (RNA) extraction kit, and an Autopure 32A-Nucleic Acid Purification System to the Ghana Health Service (GHS). Funded by Stanbic Bank Ghana, the $ 101,541 project is aimed at strengthening the government of Ghana’s effort at tracing, testing, treating and combating the spread of COVID-19 cases in the country.
Stanbic Bank Ghana acquired these medical supplies using the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) procurement systems.
The global scale of the COVID-19 epidemic is having an unprecedented impact on the medical supply market and UNOPS is supporting partners across the globe to strategically reduce risk of the unstable market conditions and minimize the impact on procurement operations.
In a press release issued by UNOPS, the Chief Executive of Stanbic Bank, Alhassan Andani, expressed his outfit's pleasure to be contributing towards curbing the spread of the virus with these test kits. He said "knowing the status of our citizens makes it possible to treat those who are infected and that is the surest way to control the pandemic.". He also called on individuals to play their part in the fight to stop the spread of Covid-19.
The Head of UNOPS, Ms. Ifeoma Charles-Monwuba, noted that the UN is "excited about our partnership with Stanbic and with the opportunity to deploy our Emergency Procurement Procedures (EPP) which enabled us to quickly procure the test kits in support of the Ghana COVID response," adding that the UN looks forward to continuing its partnership with the government of Ghana and the private sector to support the response as well as the recovery plan.
For his part, the Deputy Director General of the GHS, Dr Anthony Adofo Ofosu, noted that “Ghana Health Service is grateful to STANBIC Bank Ghana and UNOPS for supporting and improving the COVID-19 testing capacity of the Public Health Reference Laboratory in Korle-Bu.