The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has said it is supporting the Civil Authority in the fight against COVID-19 in various forms.
The Forces, comprising the Ghana Army, Ghana Navy, and the Ghana Air Force before the restriction of movement in the Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi Metropolitan and contiguous districts was at the forefront in the fumigation and clean-up exercises to rid the markets of filth.
A statement signed by Colonel E Aggrey-Quarshie, Director of Public Relations of GAF, and copied to the Ghana News Agency, in Accra on Friday, said other assistance to Civil Authority also included operations to ensure compliance of the partial lockdown dubbed: ‘OPERATION COVID SAFETY’.
It said in partnership with the United States of America, the GAF was at the forefront of combating COVID-19 in Ghana with the deployment of a state-of-the-art Mobile Level II Hospital at the El-Wak Sports Stadium.
“The Ghana Army Engineer Corps in collaboration with the COVID Safety Private Sector Fund and the Ministry of Health is constructing a 100-Bed infectious disease isolation and treatment facility at Ga East Municipal Hospital.
For the OPERATION COVID SAFETY, the GAF deployed Naval vessels geared towards stopping intruders who used the sea corridor into the country.
It also engaged in air reconnaissance – both over land and sea -, the airlift of VVIPs, medical logistics, and COVID-19 samples for testing, among other activities.
It said: “The Ghana Air Force undertook various flights and activities in support of the Operation, including airlift of medical Supplies from Accra to Kumasi, Tamale, Wa, and Bolgatanga.
The Air Force at a point had to airlift a COVID-19 patient from Bolgatanga to Tamale with a helicopter to Accra by fixed-wing aircraft.
This was done in conjunction with the medical staff of the 37 Military Hospital, the statement added.
The Western Naval Command had a patrol boat at sea at each point in time (between Winneba and Newtown) at the Western border.
The Eastern Naval Command had a patrol boat at sea at each point in time (between Winneba and Aflao) at the Eastern border,” the statement added.
It said both the Eastern and Western Naval Commands sailed a ship each to investigate alleged ferrying of persons from Cote d’Ivoire to Ghana in the general area of Apam, Winneba, Senya Beraku, and Nyanyano.
The Commands, the statement said, had personnel deployed along the entire coastal stretch for beachcombing, patrols, and the sensitisation of the coastal communities.