The United States of America has donated some medical supplies to aid Ghana in fighting Covid-19, the disease caused by Coronavirus which has killed thousands of people around the world.
These supplies were sent in January 2020 to boost NAMRU-3 Ghana Detachment research efforts, specifically ongoing influenza surveillance, in collaboration with Ghana’s National Influenza Center at the Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the Kumasi Centre of Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine.
Some of the medical supplies ordered included, reagents, viral collection swabs, ribonucleic acid, nucleic acid (RNA), extraction kits, viral transport media to collect and store specimens and the replenishment of other consumable lab supplies.
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Speaking on the arrival of the medical supplies, the U.S Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie S. Sullivan said, “The arrival of the needed medical supplies underscores the results of the growing partnership between the United States of America and the Republic of Ghana to combat Covid-19, to save lives and protect the people of this nation.”
“As confirmed cases gradually made their way to West Africa and eventually Ghana, these essential laboratory supplies became even more critical during this rapidly evolving crisis and would have remained stranded in Manchester, U.K, until sometime in May if not for the assistance of the U.S Air Force. The United States commends the Government of Ghana for its strong efforts to combat this pandemic, and we are pleased to partner in it’s leading efforts,” she said.