UNHCR Ghana donates in support of government’s efforts at battling covid-19 in Ghana  

Personal protective equipment and hygiene products worth 180,000 US dollars donated to selected hospitals

Deputy Director of Nursing Services at the Pantang Hospital, Lena Anane-Abebrese receiving donations for Pantang
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The fast-changing nature of the corona virus pandemic has brought untold pressure on national health systems globally. It is for this reason that UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency in Ghana took the initiative to supplement national response efforts by donating personal protective equipment and hygiene products worth 180,000 US dollars to some selected health facilities in Accra as well as Ghana Health Service facilities in all the Districts hosting the four (4) refugee camps in Ghana

UNHCR Representative for Ghana, Ms. Esther Kiragu noted that the initiative is also expected to enhance the integration of refugees in national health systems. Refugees are to a large extent integrated in the national health system in Ghana. UNHCR supports the government with the expansion of infrastructure such as the clinics and equipment in refugee-hosting districts for this purpose.

Items donated included surgical masks, examination gloves, hand sanitizers with automatic dispensers, thermometer guns, disposable bed sheets, disinfectants, veronica buckets and disposable hand towels amongst others.

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Items to be donated being loaded from the UNHCR warehouse. © UNHCR/Patience Folley

UNHCR National Health Officer, Ms. Juliana Owusu who presented the items on behalf of the Representation said the initiative is UNHCR’s way of showing support at this crucial time. She said the facilities selected were mainly those in suburbs hosting a significant number of refugees. She thanked the various facilities for opening their doors to attend to refugees without discrimination.

At the Achimota Hospital, Acting Medical Superintendent Dr. Salamatu Attah Nantogma who received the items was full of joy for the gesture which she referred to as an immense support to the facility.

“If I could jump, you will see me jumping. We are very happy and grateful for this immense support”

Dr. Anthony Quampah, Medical Superintendent of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission Hospital who received the items on behalf of the facility said the war against the covid19 menace cannot be fought by one person as it requires inter-sectorial collaboration. According to him the pandemic has put a lot of strain on most medical facilities. “we are already running with tight budgets and are now supposed to look for additional funds to procure all these items which you have freely brought to us” he said.

“Your donation will help cushion this facility and help make regular hand washing readily available to all persons who visit this hospital”

Dr. David Mekano, Medical Superintendent of the Kasoa Polyclinic said the donation has come as a surprise to the facility as they least expected it. They expressed gratitude to UNHCR while hoping for a better collaboration going forward.

At the Pantang Hospital, Deputy Director of Nursing services, Lena Anane-Abebrese who received the items on behalf of the facility was grateful to UNHCR. “Thank you for remembering us UNHCR. These items are timely and will really go a long way in helping us render the needed care and support to our brothers and sisters who are here. Together with our patients we say thank you” she noted.

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At the Achimota Hospital, Acting Medical Superintendent, Dr. Salamatu Attah Nantogma receiving the items. © UNHCR/Patience Folley

At the Shai Osudoku District Hospital, Dr. Kennedy T.C Brightson, the Medical Superintendent extolled the relationship between the hospital and UNHCR which he described as a wonderful one.

“Together we take care of refugees. For us, refugees are people just like us and that it’s only life circumstances that forced them in their situation”

Dr. Brightson said “at this crucial moment in the world where we are battling an invisible enemy covid19, we are happy you have remembered us and stretched your hands to support us”.

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Medical Superintendent of the Shai Osudoku Hospital, Dr. Kennedy Brightson receiving the items. © UNHCR/Patience Folley