Story by Carlos Afanou

The Minister of Health, Hon. Agyeman Manu, has disclosed NPP government's commitment to invest in the health sector as it builds a strong healthcare system in Ghana. He assured that the move would ensure universal health coverage for everyone living in Ghana.

Hon Agyeman Manu's speech was read on his behalf by Dr. Martha Gyansa-Lutterodt, Director of the Technical Coordination Directorate, under Ministry of Health during a ceremony held in Accra to handover 2,343 immunization cold chain equipment procured by the MOH to DENG Limited, the local agent for VESTFROST Solutions, for installation in health facilities across the country by the close of this year, 2020.

The equipment which totally cost 4.7 million US dollars included fridges, freezers with thermometers, solar powered equipment and solar panels for some Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS)  compounds that were not connected to the national electricity grid.

The Minister assured that the cold chain equipment would deliver effective immunization being one of the most far reaching health intervention closely reflected the ethos of the SDGs: not leaving anyone behind. Again, he said that the government had procured about 15000 vaccine carriers to support immunization services.

Hon Agyeman revealed that DENG Limited would provide maintenance services of the equipment for two years and build the capacity of clinical engineering staff to take over the maintenance after the two years duration.

According to him, the Cold Chain Equipment Optimization Platform (CCEOP) project was being implemented through funding arrangements between the Ministry and Global Alliance for Vaccine Initiative (GAVI) with technical support from UNICEF.

He said, “The implementation of the CCEOP is expected to strengthen the immunization cold chain to improve vaccine management and ultimately deliver quality immunization services to children in Ghana."

The Minister expressed his appreciation to the Partners for their continuous collaboration for a stronger immunisation system in Ghana.

UNICEF Country Representative, Madam Anne-Claire Dufey, said the equipment were even more critical as they prepared to conduct immunisation campaigns against polio, starting August 2020.

“I have been in the field several times to witness the efforts of Health workers to reach every child and I am confident that this equipment will go a long way in facilitating their work, especially to store the vaccines in the various health facilities,” she said.

She assured the Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service on behalf of the UNICEF Supply Division, Regional office and country office of their commitment for the timely implementation of the CCEOP project.

The Chief Executive Officer of GENG Limited, Mr Kenneth Cornelius, assured that DENG Limited would deliver on time saying “we have the experience in installation of solar systems, generators, water systems amongst others and would work effectively to install these equipments for use”.

Present at the ceremony were; Mr Kwabena Boadu Oku-Afari, Chief Director, Ministry of Health, Dr. Patrick Kumah-Aboagye, Director General, Ghana Health Service, Dr. Kwame Amponsah Achiano, Ghana Health Service Programme Manager for EPI, Representative of VESTFROST Solutions and DENK limited.
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