Some local companies have commenced the production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in Ghana to help in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
On Saturday, April 11, 2020, the Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen, paid a working visit to some four Ghanaian garment manufacturing companies in Accra producing the PPE.
Earlier this week, government selected Dignity DTRT, Sleek Garments, Cadling Fashions, and Alfie Designs Limited to produce personal protective kits mostly for frontline health workers leading the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.
This move according to government, became necessary to intensify the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in Ghana due to a shortage of such PPE.
These companies are also to produce among other things, face masks, medical scrubs, hospital gowns and headgears using fabrics from ATL, Volta Star Textiles and GTP.
Addressing workers and management of the companies, Mr. Kyerematen, who was accompanied by a team from both the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Health, encouraged them to adhere to the World Health Organisation’s preventive protocols.
He also expressed the gratitude of government to them for supporting the fight against this global pandemic.
Government to take delivery of 3.5m locally produced masks
Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu last week revealed that the government had selected some companies to locally produce some personal protective kits as announced by the President.
The companies are to produce a total of 3.5 million masks which will be distributed across the country.
Speaking at a press briefing on April 7, 2020, on COVID-19, the Minister of Health said government is hoping to take stock of all the masks within the one week.