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Recovering from COVID-19: UNFPA supports the Ghanaman Soccer Centre of Excellence Isolation Centre

As the pandemic lingers with nearly 46,500 people contracting the disease across Ghana as at 30th September 2020, support systems are critical in facilitating the COVID-19 recovery process. Many people who test positive for COVID-19 survive, except for those who may have pre-existing life-threatening diseases.

As needed to respond to the virus outbreak and to support the recovery process, UNFPA Ghana has donated much-needed resources consisting of hygiene items such as boxes of soaps, face masks, sanitary pads, and essential items, to the Ghanaman Soccer Centre of Excellence in Prampram, at the request of the institution. This facility is currently serving as an isolation centre to treat people suffering from COVID-19 in Ghana.

Receiving the items on behalf of the centre, Mrs. Gifty Ofori-Ansah, District Director of Health at Ningo-Prampram expressed appreciation to UNFPA Ghana for their needed support in ensuring that people who are isolated are safe.

“We are grateful for this kind gesture. Thanks for responding to our call for help in times of distress. We see you as a partner in the fight against COVID-19”, she added.

In attendance at the brief ceremony was staff and management of the institution, and health partners including the Head of Quality Management at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Ernest Konadu Asiedu who reiterated their gratitude and thanked UNFPA for the partnership and continuous support to the Ministry of Health.

The donation, made on behalf of UNFPA by Dr. Claudia Donkor, UNFPA Ghana’s National Program Analyst for Reproductive Health and Humanitarian Assistance, is part of the organization’s ongoing assistance to support the country’s COVID-19 response and efforts to prevent and control infectious diseases.

“This is part of our contributions to the national COVID-19 response. Let us know how we can be of more assistance”, she stated.

During conflicts, natural disasters and public health emergencies, sexual and reproductive health needs are often overlooked with staggering consequence  but UNFPA has been up to the task since the first cases of COVID-19 emerged in the country.