Ghana employs medical training from US Military to respond to COVID-19

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Ghana is putting into use the medical training they received from US military medical personnel to combat the fight against the novel coronavirus in the country.

According to the US Military Times, Ghana and Senegal both received one United Nations-level 2 mobile hospital each, thanks to the African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership, a State Department program that aims to promote peacekeeping operations by institutionalizing security forces’ enabling capabilities, including engineering and medical capabilities.

An international health specialist with AFRICOM, Maj. Mohamed Diallo said, “The military providers who operate these hospitals are already seeing patients.”

The mobile hospitals can fit 20 beds and can perform a variety of medical procedures including damage control surgery, post-operative services, intensive care, orthopedic surgery, diagnostic imaging and laboratory services, dental services and preventive medicine.

Ghana has now deployed the mobile hospitals to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that has infected 313 people in the country. The hospital was deployed on March 23 and been used to treat some of the COVID-19 patients at the El Wak Stadium.

Responding to the deployment of mobile hospitals in both Ghana and Senegal, the Assistant Secretary for US Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs, Tibor Nagy on his Twitter handle said “So glad to see that previously donated medical equipment and US medical training will help Ghana and Senegal fight COVID-19. Our close cooperation with African partners continues as we work together to stop the spread of this awful virus.”

The African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership was first established in 2015, and since then, the Uniformed Services University’s Center for Global Health Engagement has worked with commands like AFRICOM to craft medical courses for African partners’ militaries.

Maj. Mohamed Diallo said, “The medical training program uses a ‘train the trainer’ approach so that these countries will be capable of generating their own medical forces in the future.”

As a result, the program promotes interoperability so that medical forces from partner nations can employ the same equipment as U.S. military personnel.

According to Maj. Diallo, both Senegal and Ghana independently chose to deploy the hospitals in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a sign that the partners are becoming more independent.

“This is important to note as it demonstrates progress by our partners…this is Africans caring for Africans, enabled by U.S. support and training,” he noted.

“Any medical staff member from any other country with the same standard equipment set would be able to walk into this facility and assist,” said Col. Krystal Murphy, Deputy Command Surgeon with AFRICOM.


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