USA Delivers Critical Medical Supplies to Boost COVID-19 Testing Capacity in Ghana

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ACCRA, Ghana –On April 24, a U.S. Air Force C-130J aircraft from the 86th Airlift Wing in Ramstein Air Base, Germany arrived at Kotoka International Airport to deliver medical supplies to the Government of Ghana in support of its COVID-19 response efforts. The delivery included approximately 2,500 kilograms of medical cargo and supplies provided by the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit Three (NAMRU-3) Ghana Detachment.

The medical supplies included ribonucleic acid, a nucleic acid (RNA) extraction kits, reagents, viral collection swabs, universal and viral transport media to collect and store specimens, and the replenishment of other consumable lab supplies. They were originally ordered in January 2020 to support NAMRU-3 Ghana Detachment research efforts, specifically ongoing influenza surveillance, in partnership with Ghana’s National Influenza Center at the Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and the Kumasi Centre of Collaborative Research in Tropical…

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“You Have Become A Global Icon” – Nugs To President Akufo-Addo

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“The student movement has closely monitored and learnt a lot from your passion and temerity to able to rid the nation and Africa of this Coronavirus. The student union wishes to commend your efforts; your bold, decisive and extraordinary leadership in these difficult times. We are even more proud to associate with your leadership, because, in 3 years, you have become an African and global icon.”

These were the words of the President of the National Union of Ghana Students, Isaac J. Hyde, when he led a delegation made up of leaders of student unions across the country to honour an invitation by the President Akufo-Addo, to Jubilee House on Friday, 24th April, 2020.

Appreciating the efforts of the President in the fight against COVID-19, he said, “a few days ago in a conference of student unions across Africa, one thing was clear. Ghana under your leadership gained commendation as a sub-regional force in adopting a comprehensive and aggressive model for fighting the Corona virus”

According to him, this clearly means “the future leaders of this country and Africa have endorsed your courageous leadership.”

Occasioned at the behest of the President, the meeting also discussed “the few concerns and recommendations about the new e-learning directives in the education sector” which was introduced following the suspension of the normal school schedule due to the pandemic.

Acknowledging the support that the Ministry of Education has extended to the student union, he said “the leadership of Dr Matthew Opoku-Prempeh has been forthwith with concerns from the students front, which has seen to the unity of the National Union of Students.

“We also commend the Minister in charge of Tertiary Education, Hon Prof Yankah, for his efforts in engaging the student union. Barely a week ago, we presented a petition raising some concerns across the student front to the outfit of the Ministry of Education. We were very amazed that, in less than 24 hours, we were called into a meeting so that we can put our issues up so that major stakeholders like the National Council for Tertiary Education, the Vice Chancellors Ghana and other relevant stakeholders were brought together as much as possible for our issues to be addressed”, he added.

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He indicated that though “all the issues have not been completely dealt with, we are very hopeful. The sort of attention and recognition given to the issues we presented to the Ministry told us that indeed this is a government that is very much concerned about our education.”

USA Delivers Critical Medical Supplies to Boost COVID-19 Testing Capacity in Ghana

ACCRA, Ghana – On April 24, a U.S. Air Force C-130J aircraft from the 86th Airlift Wing in Ramstein Air Base, Germany arrived at Kotoka International Airport to deliver medical supplies to the Government of Ghana in support of its COVID-19 response efforts.  The delivery included approximately 2,500 kilograms of medical cargo and supplies provided by the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit Three (NAMRU-3) Ghana Detachment.

The medical supplies included ribonucleic acid, a nucleic acid (RNA) extraction kits, reagents, viral collection swabs, universal and viral transport media to collect and store specimens, and the replenishment of other consumable lab supplies.  They were originally ordered in January 2020 to support NAMRU-3 Ghana Detachment research efforts, specifically ongoing influenza surveillance, in partnership with Ghana’s National Influenza Center at the Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and the Kumasi Centre of Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine.

Commenting on the delivery of these supplies, U.S. Ambassador to Ghana Stephanie S. Sullivan noted that:  “The arrival of the needed medical supplies underscores the results of the growing partnership between the United States of America and the Republic of Ghana to combat COVID-19, to save lives and protect the people of this nation.  As confirmed cases gradually made their way to West Africa and eventually Ghana, these essential laboratory supplies became even more critical during this rapidly evolving crisis and would have remained stranded in Manchester, U.K., until sometime in May if not for the assistance of the U.S. Air Force. The United States commends the Government of Ghana for its strong efforts to combat this pandemic, and we are pleased to partner in its leading efforts.”

On behalf of AFRICOM, Air Force Brig. Gen. Leo Kosinski, the Command’s Director for Logistics, said, “The emergence of COVID-19 has introduced some new hurdles we have had to consider in U.S. Africa Command’s Area of Responsibility. Movement of this shipment of critical medical supplies from the United Kingdom to Ghana represents one of many logistics moves executed recently despite operating in one of the most logistically challenging theaters to move people and materiel. The fact that so many professionals from multiple commands quickly came together to work through this particular requirement highlights our amazing and unique team of professionals. They are working together every day for the interests of the American people and our global partners even in the toughest of circumstances.”

The April 24 delivery of medical supplies to Ghana follows other critical U.S. military support in the health sector, such as the delivery of two state-of-the-art Level II Field Hospitals that Ambassador Sullivan handed over to the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) on February 4 on behalf of the United States through the U.S. Government’s Africa Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership program.  One of these hospitals is already being utilized to support the Government of Ghana’s COVID-19 response efforts in Accra.

NAMRU-3 Ghana Detachment is a collaborator within the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch Global Emerging Infections Surveillance partner network and has supported influenza surveillance for both human and avian influenza strains in Ghana since 2007.

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