Freetown 25 July 2020– The World Health Organization Nation Office has actually protected a grant of EUR500,000 from the German Technical Cooperation (GIZ) through a tactical collaboration to i ncrease COVID-19 screening capability from 500 approximately 1000 tests daily in Sierra Leone.
The support will guarantee the p rocurement of urgently needed equipment for the medical diagnosis and verification of COVID-19 in the country. WHO will assist in timely procurement and supply of the consumables and equipment for coronavirus testing including polymerase domino effect (PCR) tests which are the gold requirement, viral seclusion kits, and viral transport media with swabs.
” We understood that minimal testing is a constraining element, with a substantially low lab capability in the action in Sierra Leone. We are for that reason extremely happy to the German government through GIZ for the support to quickly scale up the testing capacity of COVID-19 by procurement of the much requirement lab diagnostic supplies. This assistance has both brief and long term advantages as it will inevitably help to improve the capability of lab personnel and in the long term, the diagnostic sector in basic”, states Evans Liyosi, WHO Agent in Sierra Leone.
Because the very first COVID-19 case was reported in Sierra Leone on 31 st March 2020, more than 1,700 cases have been confirmed, with 1,292(74%) healings and 66 deaths.
” We feel that our monitoring, laboratory and treatment centres have actually interrelated so well in this action.
Lab testing permits early detection of COVID-19 cases and is critical in reliable control of the spread of the disease. Roughly 16,000 tests have been carried out in Sierra Leone given that the onset of the pandemic with a positivity rate of 11%. The PCR test is being done in five molecular labs in the country including Jui P3, Connaught National Mentor and Recommendation Medical Facility, the Central Public Health Recommendation Lab, 34 Military labs and Kenema Government Hospital. Nevertheless, this support intends to broaden the capability of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to upgrade the laboratory infrastructure in Makeni, Bo, and Kambia.
We will get over this together”, says H.E Ambassador Horst Gruner, German Ambassador to Sierra Leone.
WHO is supporting the scale up of laboratory screening through the recruitment and training of 30 lab scientists to support COVID-19 testing in several laboratories including Makeni and Freetown International Airport (Lungi).
This support is in line with the national COVID-19 action tactical plan and seeks to fill existing spaces in availability of kits to expand screening capacity which is one of the five key national strategies to accomplish the action goals.
For more details, please contact:
Saffea Gborie, WHO Communications Officer
Email: gboriesa[at] who.int Tel: 23276 777878