COVID-19: Kumasi South Regional Hospital gears up as KIA opens

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Photo: Michael Kummerer, Chief of Security Cooperation at the US Embassy Ghana, handing over the supplies to the Medical Director of the Kumasi South Hospital, Dr. Kwame Ofori Boadu. Credit: Kizito Cudjoe
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    Receives medical supplies from US gov’t

The Kumasi South Regional Hospital has said it is stepping up its alertness to face any possibility of COVID-19 cases, in the Ashanti Region, as the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) opens up for business.

The Hospital, according to the Clinical Care Coordinator, Dr. Angela Durowaa Frempong, currently do not have any COVID-19 patient under their care, at their center. It was the first medical facility in the country to deliver a baby safely from a COVID-19 positive pregnant mother, who was admitted at the facility.

It was against this backdrop, that she expressed gratitude to the U.S. government for the donation of critical medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) to the facility, in Kumasi, towards the fight against COVID-19.

The United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM) provided the funding to purchase the supplies worth over GH₵430,000, which include 10,000 N95 face masks, 1,600 hospital gowns and 2,000 liters of methylated. It also included 3,000 liters of sodium hypochlorite, glucometer strips, and 14 pulse oximeters.

The Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital, in the Western Region, was also one of the medical facilities that benefitted from the donation.

The US Ambassador, Stephanie S. Sullivan said: “The United States is leading the world in providing critical international assistance as, together, we battle this global pandemic. And Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) continues to play a leading role, along with the Ministry of Health, in responding to the pandemic here in Ghana. The U.S. Embassy and AFRICOM are proud to partner with the GAF in this and many other endeavors.”

USAFRICOM has previously supported 37 Military Hospital with a similar donation of medical supplies and notably provided two state-of-the-art Level II Field Hospitals to the GAF. One of the facilities has since been deployed in Accra, and it is now the second-largest COVID-19 treatment center in the country.

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