Covid-19: US hands over oxygen plant to Ghana

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has handed over an oxygen plant to the Ghana Infectious Disease Centre (GIDC) to support the treatment of people affected by the COVID-19 virus.

The infrastructure includes a $1.5 million movable 30-bed isolation system, fitted with a power and sewage system at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital.

In attendance were officials of the Ghana Health Service and USAID; Dr. Anthony Adofo Ofosu, the Deputy Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Ms. Stephanie S. Sullivan, the U.S Ambassador to Ghana, Dr. Nicholas Adjabu, who represented the Honourable Minister for Health.

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The infrastructure also has an oxygen generation plant with accompanying logistics including cylinders at the Ghana Infectious Disease Centre.

Aside from that, there are pulse oximeters and capacity building to enable the staff and engineers to maintain the equipment and provide better healthcare to patients.

US Ambassador to Ghana H.E Stephanie Sullivan at the ceremony disclosed that there were three more similar Covid-19 plants to be handed over to Ghana.

”Later this month, we will commission three additional plants at the Cape Coast Municipal Hospital, Kumasi South and Tamale West hospitals. The US government is also providing 28 high-flow, high-pressure oxygen concentrators to health facilities across Ghana.

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Combined this oxygen equipment can treat more than 180 severe and critical Covid-19 patients at a time. This oxygen support is critical in the short term to help address Ghana’s Covid-19 critical care needs, and in the long term,m strengthen Ghana’s provision of oxygen, intensive care, maternal and newborn care,” she added.

Ghana’s Health Ministre Kwaku Agyeman-Manu in a speech read on his behalf by thanked the US for the support it has given Ghana towards the management of the Covid-19 virus.

These equipment donations follow the arrival of the United States’ donation of over 1.2 million Moderna vaccines to Ghana on September 4, 2021, the largest vaccine donation Ghana has received to date. The United States has already donated 125 million vaccines to more than 80 countries, including more than 26 million in Sub-Saharan Africa alone.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Government has provided well over $30 million to support Ghana’s COVID-19 response to address the immediate and medium-term effects of COVID-19 on health, agriculture, and education sectors, and to support the hard-hit private sector.

For decades, the United States has been the world’s largest provider of bilateral assistance in health. Since 2009, American taxpayers have generously funded more than $100 billion in health assistance and nearly $70 billion in humanitarian assistance around the world.LikeComment

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