President Akufo-Addo this evening addressed the nation on measures his government is taking to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
The President’s address touched on pertinent issues in the fight against Coronavirus.
Some of the key points the president touched on has been compiled below.
1. A total of 100,622 tests have been conducted so far, out of which 1,550 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed – with 155 recoveries and 11 deaths.
2. All the 11 deaths involve persons with underlying health issues, medically referred to as comorbidity.
3. The 17 cases recorded in the Oti Region were among some 67 persons who attempted to illegally enter the region from Accra during the lockdown period.
4. Government will pursue vigorously, its strategy of enhanced tracing, and testing as it is the surest way to root out the virus.
5. The domestic production of PPEs has increased significantly; health facilities have so far taken delivery of 905,021 nose masks, 32,630 medical scrubs, 31,472 gowns, 46,870 headcovers, and 83,500 N-95 face masks.
6. The ban on public and social gatherings (including conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, church activities and other related events) has been extended for two more weeks effective 1 am Monday, April 27, 2020.
7. Government is set to construct 88 hospitals (100-bed facility with accommodation for doctors, nurses and other health workers) in the 88 districts currently without hospitals. The project is expected to be completed within a year.
8. It comprises 10 in Ashanti, nine in Volta, nine in Central, eight in Eastern, seven in Greater Accra, seven in Upper East, five in Northern, five in Oti, five in Upper West, five in Bono, four in Western North, four in Western, three in Ahafo, three in Savannah, two in Bono East, and two in North East Regions.
9. Government has also set out plans to construct six (6) new regional hospitals in the six (6) new regions, and the rehabilitation of the Effia Nkwanta Hospital, in Sekondi, which is the regional hospital of the Western Region.
10. Government will beef up the country’s existing laboratories and establish new ones across every region for testing. It will also establish three infectious disease control centres for each of the zones, i.e. Coastal, Middle Belt, and Northern, with the overall objective of setting up a Ghana Centre for Disease Control.
11. The three Development Authorities – the Zongo Development Fund, and Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies – will be tasked to place health infrastructure among their highest priorities in the coming years.
12. Persons who enter the country illegally together with their accomplices who facilitate their unlawful entry will be strictly dealt with.
13. All are encouraged to mandatorily wear their nose masks and adhere to all the preventive measures (including washing of hands, practising social distancing, refraining from shaking hands) to support government’s efforts.
14. All Muslims are encouraged to pray at home as they observe the Holy Month of Ramadan.