Story by Carlos Afanou

Accra, Ghana 30th October 2020, with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Country Director of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Ghana Mrs. Regina Bauerochse Barbosa, handed over 14 ventilator machines to six hospitals at an event held at Nyaho Medical Centre. The donation forms part of the German Government's effort to ensure infrastructure for reliable treatment is in place for medical staff and critically I'll patients of these hospitals who may fall severely ill and may require intensive care because of COVID-19.

The project " COVID-19 Alliance of Ghanaian Hospitals to Secure Medical Staff" brings together two private facilities and four quasi-government facilities, as well as a private bio-medical engineering company to work towards equipping Intensive Care Units of the partnering facilities and the exchange of knowledge on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The medical Director for Nyaho Medical Centre, Dr. Elikem Tamaklo, received the medical equipment on behalf of the beneficiary partners that include Nyaho Medical Centre, Lister Hospital, 37 Military Hospital, Ghana Police Hospital, International Maritime Hospital and Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. In his speech, he said, "One of the key ways to beat this pandemic is through partnerships with governments, public and private health sectors as the need for collaboration to develop a sustainable health sector is evident now more than ever.

As the first  private health facility in Ghana to start testing and treating COVID-19, we are extremely grateful to Deustsh Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) for donating these ventilators specially for the treatment of frontline workers in the six hospitals.

In her remarks, the GIZ County Director Mrs. Regina Bauerosche Barbosa said, " the GIZ is working with several partners in this COVID-19   period to support the fight against the pandemic with various interventions notable among them being a collaboration with Food for All Africa to provide nutritious meals to frontline workers and vulnerable groups, working with Kasapreko to produce disinfectants from cassava ethanol, working with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Hive to develop COVID-19 test kits and supporting the Academic City College to finish developing their prototype ventilator into a final low-cost product."

Speaking at the event, the CEO of Lister Hospital, Dr Eden Hiadzi , said "this year has been a very challenging one specifically because of the unprecedented presence of COVID-19. " He thanked GIZ for the supportive role they have played in increasing the capacity of the healthcare system to enable the handing of severe cases of COVID-19, particularly intensive care cases.

The German Government apart from donating medical equipment to the partner facilities through the project, will support the training of medical staff and hospital maintenance teams to operate and repair the equipment . There will also be a consortium among the partnering facilities to exchange knowledge and  share best practices.

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