The Government of the Republic of Korea through Korea International Cooperation Agency’s Project for Improving Community-Based Primary Healthcare through CHPS Strengthening (CHPS+ Project) has donated four PCR machines, four Automated RNA Extractors and 27,000 units of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) items such as goggles, aprons, face shields and nose masks worth $200,092.00 USD to the Ministry of Health to support Ghana’s COVID-19 response. The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) provided the expertise and technical support for the procurement of the items in consultation with Ghana Health Service and Ministry of Health.
The handover ceremony was held on 29th January, 2021 at the Ministry of Health Conference Room, Accra. It was attended by Mr. Mooheon Kong, the Country Director of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Ghana Office, Dr. Kwabena Boadu Oku Afari, Chief Director of the Ministry of Health, Mr. Taesoo Kim, the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Ghana, and Madam. Ifeoma Charles-Monwuba, the representative of UNOPS.
The funds for the donation were reprogrammed from the recently concluded KOICA’s flagship health sector CHPS+ Project which was implemented in all districts in the Upper East Region from 2016 to 2020.
The reprogrammed budget is to support Ghana’s national emergency response by procuring COVID-19 essential supplies such as laboratory equipment and personal protective equipment (PPEs) upon consultation with the Ministry of Health on the imminent needs of Ghana related to the COVID-19 response. Prior to this donation, the Project also donated various PPEs, WASH items and educational materials to the Upper East Regional Health Directorate.
Broadly, the donation falls under the many contributions by the Korean Government to support Government of Ghana in its response to the COVID -19 pandemic while strengthening and deepening the bilateral partnership and friendship that have existed for 43 years.
All the PCR machines and the automated RNA extractors shall be distributed to all the four Public Health Reference Laboratory in Accra, Sekondi, Kumasi and Tamale to strengthen the nation’s capacity for COVID-19 testing and reduce the backlog of sample for testing which hopefully can contribute to give a real time picture of the COVID-19 situation in Ghana. The PPEs will be distributed across the nation to ensure the safety of the health workers across various facilities.