President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo is on June 28, expected to address the nation on the measures taken against the spread of the novel corona virus.
This address will be one of the President’s several addresses on the update and measures taken against the corona virus.
It will be recalled that Ghana on March 12, confirmed its first two (2) cases of the novel corona virus. Since that time, the numbers have increased astronomically. Many expected a rise in number but nobody anticipated the numbers to reach over 15,000.
There have been a lot of intervention by the government against the spread of the novel corona virus. These interventions were made to contain the spread of the virus and also to help contact tracers to identify those who may have probably come into contact with infected ones.
Measures Taken Against The Spread Of The Virus Since Its Confirmation
To reduce the spread of the virus, the President has taken a lot of measures. Few of the measures are listed below:
a. Ban on social and public gatherings: This includes workshops, funerals and festivals, religious activities, political rallies etc.
b. Closure of schools (both public and private) from pre-tertiary to tertiary institutions
c. Closure of boarders (land, sea and air)
d. Partial lock-down of identified hot spot zones (Greater Accra, Greater Kumasi and Kasoa)
e. Disinfection of major market centres across the country etc.
As the months passed, the President gradually eased the restrictions. This was to reduce the economic impact the ”harsh” restrictions brought on many Ghanaians.
Gradual Easing Of Restrictions
The gradual easing of restrictions started with the removal of the partial lock-down in the epicenters. This allowed people to freely move to do their business.
Movement and gatherings in public places have been partially eased giving way for churches, funerals and conferences to be held with a limited number
Again, schools have partially resumed for final year student in JHS, SHS and the various tertiary institutions.
Things To Expect From The President’s 13th Address On Measures Taken Against Covid-19
On Sunday, June 28, Nana Akufo-Addo is expected to talk about about measures taken against covid-19.
He is expected to touch on the following areas:
1..Reopening Of School For JHS Candidates.
The President is expected to on Sunday, June 28, talk about the preparations towards the successful reopening of school for JHS candidates.
All basic schools in Ghana have been disinfected but are yet to receive the announced Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs). The President is likely to announce the distribution of the PPEs on the day of resumption i.e Monday, June 29.
The number of students expected in a class (30 student), time for start and close of lesson i.e 9:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m will also be announced on Sunday.
2..Announcement For Partial Reopening Of Boarders For West African Countries To Enhance The Import And Export Of Goods.
The President may consider the reopening of boarders (land, air and water) for the West African Region.
The boarders will probably be opened for the transportation of goods across the region. This will help countries with excess goods (of a produce) to transport some to neighboring countries and vise versa.
West African Regional ministers have already proposed a phased-approach reopening for all 16 West African countries. The government of Ghana may consider this reopening and announce it in the 13th address.
3..Cancellation Of Free Water Bill And Partial Electricity Bills
As part of measures to ease the economic burden on Ghanaians, the President on April 5, announced a relief package.
As part of the packages announced, government was to take over the water bill for all Ghanaians from April to the end of June.
The government also announced a relief package for electricity users and this is also expected to end by the end of the month of June.
Nana Akufo-Addo will touch on the cancellation of the relief package. He is unlikely to extend it. It will be cancelled to ease the burden on government budget.
These are the key areas the President is likely to touch in his 13th address.
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Govt committed to improve health facilities at Nsoatre — President
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has expressed the government’s commitment to improve the health facilities at Nsoatre in the Bono Region to cater for the health needs of residents there.
The President made the pledge in response to a request by a delegation from the Nsoatre Traditional Council who called on him at the Jubilee House in Accra yesterday.
The council appealed to the government to construct the Sunyani West District Hospital at Nsoatre, instead of Odumase, the district capital.
The delegation argued that the district hospital, which is part of the 88 district hospitals to be constructed by the government, will better serve the needs of the people of Nsoatre, instead of Odumase.
They explained further that Odumase has no genuine need to host the district hospital because there are four major government hospitals surrounding Odumase, including the Sunyani Regional Hospital.
According to them, the cluster of four government hospitals around Nsoatre is scattered within a 16-kilometer radius, adding that “a district hospital cited at Odumase will only become a white elephant” because they have no genuine need for another major government hospital.
Nsoatre on the other hand, they said, has a population of over 26,000 in 35 communities, with a single health centre which receives over 2,700 patients every month.
The council noted that Nsoatre usually records numerous emergency situations and indicated that a district hospital cited at Nsoatre will better serve the needs of the people and surrounding communities.
The Traditional Council promised to donate a land if the government decides to cite the hospital there and gave the assurance that the youth will support the construction of the facility.
President Akufo-Addo said the government will consider their request but did not make any emphatic pledge to grant it.
He said although the Traditional Council has made a genuine case, district hospitals are usually cited at district capitals.
President Akufo-Addo, however, assured that in the event that the government is unable to grant the request after its considerations, it will definitely upgrade the facilities at the health centre to make it a decent health facility.
Nana Addo On Self-Isolation After Exposure to Person With COVID-19
The President, Nana Akufo-Addo is on a 14 day self-Isolation after getting exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
News reaching us clearly indicates that one person in his close circle tested positive for COVID-19.
The president who tested negative this morning was advised by doctors to go in isolation for the 14-day period in order close monitoring. Keep reading from Modernnewsgh for more updates.
Carlos Ahenkorah’s campaign team member dies; others receiving treatment for covid-19
A news item sighted by modernnewsgh as reported by the Ghanaiantimes.com.gh indicated that, a campaign team member of the former deputy minister for trade and industry, Mr. Carlos Ahenkorah has passed on shortly after being rushed to LEKMA Hospital.
According to the report, two other members of his campaign team have also contracted covid-19 and are undergoing treatment. The news item added that, one Mr Bobo, a polling station chairman is on admission at Caiquo Hospital whilst another, Mr. Nana Boakye is in self isolation.
This came at the backdrop of a recent incident of Mr. Carlos testifying that, he knew his covid-19 status but roamed registration centers, especially Tema West on a doctor’s advise; a statement which landed him in trouble leading to his resignation.
Many are still calling for the prosecution of the Tema West NPP Parliamentary candidate for breaching covid-19 directives by the president to risk the lives of many innocent people.
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