The United States of America (USA) has supported Ghana’s fight against Covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, with medical supplies to boost testing in Ghana.
On Friday, April 24, 2020, a U.S. Air Force C-130J aircraft from the 86th Airlift Wing in Ramstein Air Base, Germany arrived at Kotoka International Airport to deliver medical supplies to the government of Ghana.
The delivery included approximately 2,500 kilograms of medical cargo and supplies provided by the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit Three (NAMRU-3) Ghana Detachment.
The medical supplies included ribonucleic acid, a nucleic acid (RNA) extraction kits, reagents, viral collection swabs, universal and viral transport media to collect and store specimens, and the replenishment of other consumable lab supplies.
They were originally ordered in January 2020 to support NAMRU-3 Ghana Detachment research efforts, specifically ongoing influenza surveillance, in partnership 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.
Commenting on the delivery of these supplies, U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie S. Sullivan said the arrival of the medical supplies underscores the results of the growing partnership between the USA and Ghana to combat Covid-19 to save lives and protect the people the country.
“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 its leading efforts,” she stated.
On behalf of AFRICOM, Air Force, the Command’s Director for Logistics, Brig. Gen. Leo Kosinski noted that the emergence of Covid-19 has introduced new hurdles the U.S. Africa Command’s Area of Responsibility has to consider.