The US Embassy in Accra has made another contribution of oxygen generating equipment to aid Ghana’s COVID-19 response operations, only days after the US government gave over 1.2 million Moderna vaccinations to the country.
Stephanie Sullivan, the US Ambassador to Ghana, revealed the donation today, September 9, 2021, according to a press release from the US Embassy in Accra copied to Ghana Business News.
According to the press release, the contribution includes oxygen generation equipment for critical care patients around the country, as well as equipment to aid in the treatment of infectious disease.
According to the press release, the grants were given by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Department of Defense, respectively.
According to the press announcement, “the bundle of oxygen support equipment will enable Ghana to offer life-saving care for COVID-19 patients while also building capacity for future medical needs.”
Ms Sullivan, the US Ambassador, reaffirmed the special relationship between the US and Ghana in her remarks.
“We’ve learned a lot from the COVID-19 pandemic. In the face of a pandemic, no country can act alone. It is not enough to put an end to the pandemic; we must all work together to rebuild a better world, one that is better prepared to face future challenges.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will also donate 28 high-flow, high-pressure oxygen concentrators to offer life-saving oxygen to healthcare facilities across Ghana’s 16 regions. At any given time, each customized concentrator can administer oxygen to three critically ill patients. The oxygen support package includes not just equipment, but also oxygen cylinders and pulse oximeters, as well as training for health care workers and engineers on how to use and maintain the equipment, according to the statement.
The Ambassador also stated that the US Department of Defense’s Overseas Humanitarian, Disaster, and Civic Aid program would donate a negative pressure isolation system to the Ridge Hospital in Accra.