Scientists of GAEC Produce Face Shields to Support Fight Against Covid-19 Pandemic

“In addition to healthcare and laboratory use of face shields, promotion of community intervention through wearing of face shields in combination with nose masks at schools, market places, churches, mosques and funeral gatherings should be encouraged for dealing holistically with the Covid-19 pandemic in Ghana”.

A statement made by Dr. Francis Hasford, project team leader, in an interview as he stressed the importance of face shields for Ghana’s fight against Covid-19.

 

Adding, he indicated that personal protective equipment such as face shields and nose masks have become highly important in the fight against Covid-19.

 

“Face shields offer several advantages and a great need for the containment of Covid-19”, he elaborated.

 

He explained that Coronavirus disease 2019, otherwise called Covid-19, is a highly infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. The disease has ravaged the entire globe and most people who fall sick with COVID-19 experience mild to moderate symptoms of fever, fatigue, dry cough, myalgia and dyspnea.

 

“Older people and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and cancer, however, have high tendencies to develop serious to critical illnesses, of which fatalities are very common” he warned.

 

He indicated that with calls for identification of home grown solutions such as local production of cost-effective personal protective equipment to aid in the fight of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Medical Radiation Physics Centre (MRPC) of the Radiological and Medical Sciences Research Institute (RAMSRI), of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, has successfully undertaken a project to produce face shields for staff of GAEC, health workers and the general public.

 

 

Finally, he opined that face shields are comfortable to wear, protect the pathways of viral entry, and reduce the potential of the wearer from touching their face.

 

“They can be reused indefinitely and are easily cleaned with soap and water. People wearing face shields do not have to remove them to communicate with others. The use of a face shield is a reminder to maintain social distancing and allows visibility of facial expressions and lip movements for speech perception”, he stressed.

 

On her part, Prof. Mary Boadu, Director of RAMSRI, appealed for funding and logistical support from Government and stakeholders to position Ghanaian scientists to produce research outcomes that can solve our local needs.

 

“One positive thing about Covid-19 pandemic is that we are being forced to innovate and produce locally, and to consume Made-in-Ghana products. Given the necessary support and funding, scientists in Ghana can address numerous challenges that the country has had to seek solutions to from overseas”, she concluded.

 

By: Corporate Affairs, GAEC

Ghana Atomic Energy Commission to Offer Quality Control Services for COVID 19 Fight

Ghana Atomic Energy Commission’s (GAEC) fight of the COVID-19 pandemic, has positioned it to offer third party quality control services for all nine-testing equipment located in various health facilities in the country.

The Radiological and Medical Sciences Research Institute (RAMSRI) of the Commission is leading this noble gesture.

The Institute is poised to help the process by detecting any possible analytical errors within the various laboratories to ensure reliability and accuracy of test results. This will help provide the best possible care to patients knowing the true state of their health. The “policing work” will ensure that at all times, results provided are both accurate and reliable. It will offer an unbiased, independent assessment of analytical performance of the various testing centers.

Over the years, RAMSRI, through its clinical audit program has been engaged in quality control assessment of diagnostic equipment as well as protocols, and procedures of our various hospitals in Ghana. The Institute is also involved in monitoring and evaluation of infectious diseases protocols using radionuclide based molecular techniques.

The Institute has highly qualified personnel involved in the study of the prevalence and distribution of infectious disease agents while advancing the use of molecular methods in infection diagnosis and management in the country.

RAMSRI is equipped with the technical know-how on the fight against infectious diseases such as Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Cancer causing agent, Tuberculous (TB) and HIV-AIDS. This wealth of experience has placed it at the right place to offer its services in the fight against COVID-19.

Furthermore, it is of interest to note that, RAMSRI has been working on infectious agents with molecular techniques for close to two decades. This will not be the first time the Institute has stepped up to the occasion to contribute to the national healthcare system.

Atomic Energy Secures License for Production of Hand Sanitizers

The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) has successfully obtained a license for the production and sale of hand sanitizers to its stakeholders and the general public as a whole.

This was necessitated by the result of laboratory tests conducted, indicating that some of the hand sanitizers being sold on the market were sub-standard.

The Nuclear Chemistry and Environmental Research Center (NCERC) of the National Nuclear Research Institute (NNRI) of GAEC, was therefore asked to produce a high-quality hand sanitizer for the protection of Staff of against the deadly virus COVID-19 when it became clear that some of the products on the market were ineffective against it.

However, the Commission later decided to seek approval from the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to produce the sanitizers for sale to the general public. This decision was due to GAEC’s continued effort to support the fight against this deadly disease.

The “VIBAC CLEANSE” hand sanitizers (Gel and Spray) produced by Ghana Atomic Energy Commission contain 70+% alcohol and therefore extremely potent against viruses and bacteria, including the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19).

The name Vibac was derived from the first few letters of “virus” and “bacteria” indicating its effectiveness against both pathogens.

 

By: Corporate Affairs, GAEC