With funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Ghana, handed over 10 ICU beds to three hospitals (Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, 37 Military Hospital and Ghana Police Hospital) at an event held at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
The donation forms part of the German Government’s support to the Government of Ghana in ensuring infrastructure is in place for reliable treatment of medical staff and critically ill patients who require care because of COVID-19.
In October 2020, the German Government, through GIZ, donated 14 ventilators, patient monitors, humidifiers and consumables to six hospitals in Accra. This was facilitated by the COVID-19 Alliance of Ghanaian Hospitals to Secure Medical Staff project, under the GIZ implemented development partnerships with the private sector (develoPPP) programme. After the donation, a needs assessment was carried out to identify further needs of the hospitals.
Recommendations of the need’s assessment pointed to the need for ICU beds, volumetric pumps and syringe pumps to support with provision of care in an ICU setting.
Presenting the equipment on behalf of GIZ, Mr. Fred Darko Effah, Technical Advisor at GIZ Ghana said, “GIZ is committed to supporting Ghana’s efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic through its various programmes and partnerships with the private sector.
Besides the work being done to improve health infrastructure, GIZ, through its develoPPP programme, is providing healthy nutritious meals to COVID-19 frontline health workers at the Ghana Infectious Disease Center (GIDC), helping with the development of low-cost ventilators as well as production of hand sanitizer from cassava ethanol.”
Mr. Effah encouraged private companies to find out more about the GIZ implemented develoPPP programme and to take part in their quarterly Ideas Competition.
Receiving the medical equipment on behalf of the partner facilities, the Director of Medical Affairs at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr Ali Samba, expressed his gratitude to GIZ for their continued support towards Ghana’s health infrastructure through the project.
He said “The pandemic is still ongoing and it is important we keep improving the state of our ICUs for what may come. This donation by GIZ will go a long way in supporting patients who end up in the ICU with respiratory distress and require care”
The COVID-19 Alliance of Ghanaian Hospitals to Secure Medical Staff project brings together two private hospitals namely Nyaho Medical Centre and Lister Hospital and Fertility Centre as well as four government hospitals, International Maritime Hospital, 37 Military Hospital, Ghana Police Hospital and Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, with private bio-medical engineering company, Hospital Engineering Limited to work towards equipping Intensive Care Units of the partnering hospitals and the exchange of knowledge on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic through trainings and meetings.
The project has also supported the improvement of water facilities and the emergency area of the University Hospital, Legon by providing and installing water pumps as well as privacy screens and hospital beds.
COVID-19 Alliance of Ghanaian Hospitals to Secure Medical Staff: This is a project under the develoPPP.de programme. The objective of the project is to ensure a reliable treatment infrastructure exists for medical staff who may fall severely ill from the disease and may require intensive care.
The project is a Development Partnership with a cooperation agreement between GIZ and Hospital Engineering, Nyaho Medical Centre and Lister Hospital.
Third party facilities on the project include International Maritime Hospital, 37 Military Hospital, Police Hospital and Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
As a provider of international cooperation services for sustainable development and international education work, GIZ is dedicated to building a future worth living around the world.
GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security.
The diverse expertise of our federal enterprise is in demand around the globe, with the German Government, European Union institutions, the United Nations, the private sector and governments of other countries all benefiting from our services.
We work with businesses, civil society actors and research institutions, fostering successful interaction between development policy and other policy fields and areas of activity.
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is our main commissioning party.
Currently, GIZ promotes sustainable development in Ghana via more than 50 programmes and projects. Our activities cover currently four priority areas: Sustainable Economic Development, Agriculture, Governance as well as Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. Additionally, our portfolio extends to other areas such as peace and security, and environment.
Another focus of GIZ’s work is linking business interests with development-policy goals. Most of the programmes and projects we support in Ghana have successfully brought together national and international private companies, the public sector, and civil society groups to collaborate on development initiatives.