Department for Worldwide Pattern -Foreign places Commonwealth Pattern Office (DFID-FDCO) supports the strengthening of COVID-19 response in Ghana

COVID-19, a disease prompted by the SARS coronavirus-2 used to be declared an endemic by the World Properly being Group (WHO) on March 11, 2020., Ghana recorded its first two cases on March 12, 2020. As at November 1 2020, Ghana had recorded 48, 643 confirmed cases with 320 deaths.


The Authorities of Ghana, below the robust management and commitment of the President, His excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, answered snappy by instituting public correctly being and social measures. Key amongst these public correctly being measures used to be the process of ‘Mark, Test and Treat’ geared toward controlling the pandemic.


Immediate diagnosis of infected contributors by sorting out is wanted in administration and policy choices and kinds a key have confidence Ghana’s COVID-19 Strategic Response Belief. The WHO by funding by the federal government of the United Kingdom (Department for Worldwide Pattern now piece of Foreign places Commonwealth Pattern Office) equipped very crucial laboratory tools, reagents, test and pattern sequence kits to find the diagnostic ability of the country. At a time when most African countries comprise been combating with straight forward ideas to conduct COVID-19 PCR sorting out Ghana had famously became identified for its ‘pooling plot’ to COVID-19 sorting out. For the time being, the country can boast of 17 sites with ability to conduct COVID-19 PCR sorting out. This toughen has markedly improved the sorting out ability and turnaround time for COVID-19 sorting out. As at November 12020, 541,153 tests had been conducted, making Ghana one in all the countries in the WHO Africa space with the most tests per 100,000 population.


For the time being, there is no longer the sort of thing as a identified therapy or cure for COVID-19, administration is basically supportive and therefore safe and timely admire patients is severe to lowering fatalities namely in severe and severe cases. Having neatly-liked protocols/pointers and team adequately trained in the administration of COVID-19 cases contributes to improved outcomes. With funding from DFID, the WHO equipped technical and financial toughen in the event of Ghana’s COVID-19 Case Management Manual. 1000 copies of these manuals comprise been printed and presented to the Ghana Properly being Service. 2000 more copies are being printed for presentation to the GHS. This handbook has equipped the framework of facts, competencies and most interesting practices in the efficient administration of COVID-19 cases and presumably impacting on the low different of mortalities recorded in Ghana. 


Funding used to be additionally equipped to the Nationwide Case Management team to conduct practising of correctly being workers in therapy/isolation amenities in six excessive burden regions on the clinical administration of COVID-19 cases and efficient discover-up of patients below homecare. In all, 360 correctly being workers comprise been geared up with ability to maintain watch over COVID-19 cases in Increased Accra, Ashanti, Eastern, Central, Western North and Volta regions. 


Provided that just about all of infected contributors are asymptomatic and transmission of the virus is restful, healthcare workers are at elevated risk of contracting the coronavirus of their day-to-day routine or whiles caring for COVID-19 cases. It’s therefore crucial to in the slit price of and mitigate their risk by acceptable education on Infection Prevention and Management in the context of COVID-19. Because the outbreak, Increased Accra space has consistently had the best burden of COVID-19 cases. The WHO by funding from the DFID, equipped financial and technical toughen to the Increased Accra Regional Properly being Directorate to educate correctly being workers in correctly being amenities in districts internal Increased Accra most littered with COVID-19 on Infection Prevention and Management practices associated to COVID-19. As a outcomes of this toughen, 40 clinical workers comprise been trained as trainer of trainers to cascade the tips got internal their amenities. An further 1,922 clinical workers and 806 non-clinical workers all around the a style of ranges of healthcare amenities comprise developed ability and talents to discover and put into effect efficient IPC measures to in the slit price of the risk of transmission of coronavirus.


To in the slit price of the socio-economic affect of COVID-19, the federal government of Ghana has embarked on a phased lifting of the social measures initially instituted. This has led to the re-opening of Ghana’s Kotoka Worldwide Airport on September 1, 2020. In anticipation of re-opening of the final Choices of Entry (PoEs), the WHO with funding from DFID is offering technical and financial toughen to the Ghana Properly being Service to plot Public Properly being Emergency Contingency Plans, educate workers on the many WHO designated PoEs, elevate in education and sensitization on COVID-19 for communities round these PoEs with the map of lowering the risk of importation of cases and propagation of neighborhood transmission.


Though lots has been invested in Ghana’s combat against COVID-19, more ideas and funds are wanted in the distance of risk communication to manufacture certain the successes received are sustained.


WHO’s toughen in timely confirmation of COVID-19 cases, provision of care and slit price in transmission of coronavirus by IPC trainings comprise been all made that you just likely can imagine by the Department for Worldwide Pattern with funding from the Authorities of the United Kingdom.

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