Since the emergence of COVID-19 in December 2019, over 216 international locations and territories like been affected globally. Like a raging fire, COVID-19 has left in its path over one million deaths and 50 million infections worldwide. Ghana has had its share of this world pandemic, with a bit over 49,000 confirmed cases and 320 deaths as at November 9, 2020.
When Ghana recorded its first two cases on March 12, 2020, the Government of Ghana instant activated a multi-sectoral response scheme to take care of and abet watch over the mission. For the applications of realizing the trajectory of the illness within the neighborhood and uncover policy choices, the executive embarked on enhanced contact tracing and testing. This supposed that the provision of pattern collection kits, laboratory reagents and wanted testing gear comely to detect the coronavirus and relief in diagnosis modified into excessive to the success of this implementation. The WHO through funds supplied by the executive of China partnered and supported the nation throughout the provision of pattern collection kits and reagents. The nation through this continuous strengthen has conducted over 550,000 assessments with testing skill increasing from initial two PCR testing sites to 17 PCR testing sites in all places in the nation as at November 2020.
Offering definite communications on the pandemic has been regarded as one of the predominant principle suggestions adopted by the executive of Ghana to enable people like lawful recordsdata to assemble urged choices and be obvious that the success of response suggestions being implemented. The president, Nana Akuffo-Addo has to this level addressed the nation 23 times on measures taken to curb the unfold of COVID-19. As evolving as the pandemic itself, is the surge in misinformation about medication, cures and prevention of coronavirus with a high likelihood of inflicting rupture to people and derailing the response suggestions. To counter this ‘misinfodemic’ and present access to commence, lawful and properly timed recordsdata reaching a gigantic viewers of oldsters, the WHO through funds supplied by China supported the nation to invent key videos on COVID-19 and in strengthening the Ghana Well being Service web assign of living for COVID-19 (https://www.ghanahealthservice.org/covid19/latest.php). This day the nation is in a neighborhood to achieve over 2.6M people with COVID-19 recordsdata through key COVID-19 videos streamed on assorted social media. The GHS web assign of living had over 165,201 views between 15-21 July.
The Speedy Response Crew (RRT) kinds a predominant factor within the emergency response framework. RRT includes interdisciplinary teams of expert personnel ready to be deployed in a public health emergency. These teams may possibly well well presumably additionally silent remain expert and like customary protocols to enable instructed and effective emergency response. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Ghana, the Jap Situation remains share of the extinguish five regions with high burden of cases. To enable the gap respond effectively to the pandemic and minimize community transmission, the WHO with funding from the executive of China supported the Jap Regional Well being Directorate to put collectively 240 Speedy Response Crew participants and Contact Tracers to invent skill to early detect COVID-19 cases and conduct effective contact tracing. Onsite technical strengthen modified into supplied to 10 selected districts on pattern collection, contact list and transportation of samples to the laboratory. COVID-19 frontline clinical examiners from 26 hospitals like been expert on case administration, Infection prevention and Adjust practices. All throughout the practicing length, six Public Well being Emergency Committee meetings like been held main to enchancment in coordination and reporting of prevailing COVID-19 epidemiological mission.
Similarly, the WHO supported the Higher East Regional Well being Directorate to bolster COVID-19 response activities within the gap. An Emergency Operations Center (EOC) modified into activated to coordinate all response activities and perform day after day situational diagnosis of activities conducted. Contained within the length of strengthen, twenty EOC meetings like been held with provision of ideas on situational diagnosis to the districts. Sixty like a flash response crew participants like been oriented on COVID-19 protocols and various pointers. The case administration crew modified into additionally oriented on the modern WHO discharge protocol to better like COVID-19 cases. On the time of the strengthen the gap modified into recording over 200 cases, at the moment the gap has 14 active cases.
Indeed, the strengthen of the executive of China has contributed to the success myth in Ghana’s battle in opposition to COVID-19. Notwithstanding, extra funds are desired to pick out extra stakeholders in COVID-19 messaging to toughen public adherence to safety protocols and minimize community transmission.