World Bank grants additional $130 million to boost Ghana’s COVID-19 response

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The World Bank Group headquarters stands in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. The International Monetary Fund and World Bank are holding their spring meetings via video conference for the first time ever this week because of the coronavirus pandemic. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
The World Bank Group headquarters stands in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. The International Monetary Fund and World Bank are holding their spring meetings via video conference for the first time ever this week because of the coronavirus pandemic. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Executive Board of the World Bank has approved an additional grant of 130 million U.S. dollars to boost Ghana’s COVID-19 response, the bank said in a release on Wednesday.

The additional financing in the health sector will support the government of Ghana to scale up its efforts to mitigate the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic and to reopen its economy safely, it said.

Pierre Laporte, the World Bank country director for Ghana, said the timely additional funding would be critical to saving lives and building resilient systems through increasing the capacity of surveillance, diagnosis and treatment.

He said it would also ensure increased availability of intensive care unit beds and adopt new COVID-19 medications.

“These are integral efforts towards achieving universal health coverage, which Ghana has been committed to as a priority,” he added.

Ghana reported 49,302 COVID-19 cases and 320 related deaths on Wednesday

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