President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, on Sunday May 10, delivered his ninth address to the nation on measures taken by his administration to bring the coronavirus pandemic under control.
He indicated, among other things, that the nation’s combat strategy against the lethal virus remains aggressively testing, tracing and treatment.
Ghanaxtra.com has summarized below, the President’s speech into five key highlights.
1National case count nears 5,000
President Akufo-Addo announced that Ghana has conducted a total of 160,501 tests so far, out of which 4,700 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed – with 494 recoveries and 22 deaths.
He added that virtually all the 22 deaths involve persons with underlying illness such as hypertension, diabetes and chronic liver diseases.
2Ghana sharing best practices with rest of the world
According to the president, the WHO has reached out to Ghana to share its sample pooling experience with other African countries so they can adopt Ghana’s strategy and also ramp up their testing capabilities.
3Ban on social gatherings extended
The ban on public and social gatherings (including conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, church activities and other related events) has been extended till the end of the month i.e. May 31, 2020.
President Akufo-Addo indicated that the Police are arresting and prosecuting persons who flout these regulations, irrespective of their status in society.
4NCCE and Media Houses get 15,000 PPEs
He announced that government has so far distributed 4,240,719 gloves, 2, 576,333 nose masks, 16, 823 goggles, 60, 132 litres if sanitisers, 50, 770 head covers, 41,992 gowns, 41,000 medical scrubs, and 30,783 N95 face masks to health facilities across the country.
According to him, a total of 5,000 PPEs have also been presented to members of the media and on Monday, May 11, government will present 10,000 domestically-produced face masks and more money to the NCCE to enhance its capacity to deliver on its mandate.
5Akufo-Addo advices healthy living to improve immunity against coronavirus
The President further encouraged Ghanaians to consume oranges, kontomire, millet, cashew nuts, crabs, plantain, okro, dawadawa, brown rice and mushrooms to help fortify the immune system.
He advised that, exercising regularly, ensuring our personal hygiene, and improving our lifestyle habits should become part and parcel of our daily routines, which will help bolster our immune systems, and help us in the fight against the pandemic.