The United States (US) African Command (AFRICOM) through the United States Embassy in Ghana on Friday, 28 August 2020 has presented some medical supplies valued at about $ 150,000 dollars to the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) to aid in combating the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
The items included; 1,600 pieces of disposable gowns, 10,000 pieces of N95 masks, 400 liters of IZAL solution, 2,000 liters of methylated spirits and 3,000 liters of sodium hypochlorite solution.
The rest of the supplies were 20 packs of glucometer, 200 packs of glucometer strips and 14 packs of pulse oximeters.
The US Ambassador to Ghana, Ambassador Stephanie Sullivan who presented the supplies in Burma camp explained that the medical supplies were locally purchased by AFRICOM with the support from the US embassy.
She said the supplies would provide the needed equipment for the frontline civilian health workers who were risking their lives to battle the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. “This is a great example of the military’s support to the civilians to combat COVID-19,” she added.
She revealed that the medical supplies would be shared between the Afia-Nkwanta Hospital in Sekondi -Takoradi and the Kumasi South Regional Hospital in Kumasi.
The Ambassador lauded GAF for continuously playing a leading role with the Ministry of Health (MoH) in responding to the pandemic in the country. “US embassy and AFRICOM are proud to partner with GAF in this, and so many endeavors,” she said.
The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lt Gen OB Akwa, receiving the supplies said the donation was timely in the midst of the pandemic. He added that similar donations had already been made to the 37 military hospital and the Level 2 field hospital at the El-wak sports stadium.
He said the bond of friendship between the two countries and particularly the two Armed Forces had grown from strength to strength and it would continue to grow into the future. He took the opportunity to thank the US government through the US Embassy and AFRICOM for offering special courses on COVID-19 to some personnel of GAF to study in the US.
The CDS assured the ambassador that the supplies would be delivered to their intended location in good time and perfect condition. He was also hopeful that the supplies would be put in good use particularly to support the most vulnerable in the society.
He then call on all organisations both local and international, to continue supporting the fight against the coronavirus until it is finally eradicated.