November 10, 2014
Accra, 10th November, 2014 - The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has donated 128 non-contact hand-held thermometers to the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Ghana Health Service (GHS) in Accra. The donation forms part of JICA's continuous support at assisting Ghana in its preparedness against the Ebola Viral Disease.
According to the Chief Representative of JICA, Mr. Koji Makino: ‘The specialized thermometers are expected to be delivered to Rapid Response Team in all regions and districts and isolation centres to strengthen screening, potential case detection and management. JICA is also supporting some critical aspects of Ghana's National Preparedness and Response Plan for prevention and control of Ebola.'
The Minister for Health, Hon. Dr. Kwaku Agyemang Mensah, and Director-General of GHS, Dr. Ebenezer Appiah Denkyira, accepted the items on behalf of the Service and thanked the Government of Japan for its commitment to helping Ghana prepare effectively against the Ebola disease.
In September 2014, the Government of Japan through JICA, handed over easy-to-understand Ebola communications materials comprising 300,000 posters and brochures to GHS to be distributed nationwide for the community-based awareness both in urban and rural areas.
JICA, as part of its technical cooperation in the health sector, has strengthened Community-based Health and Planning Services (CHPS) system to improve primary health care and reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in the northern part of Ghana since 2006.
JICA Ghana will continue to support Government of Ghana's national response for Ebola preparedness as well as West Africa's fight against the spread of Ebola virus.