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GHANA’S PREPAREDNESS ON THE NOVEL CORONA VIRUS OUTBREAK

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The Ministry of Health of the People’s Republic of China reported to WHO, outbreak of Novel Corona Virus Infection in December 2019. The new Corona virus designated 2019-nCoV was first identified in Wuhan City, the capital of China’s Huge Province.

The virus has shown evidence of human-to-human transmission, with the number of cases sharply increasing to thousands with several deaths.

As of 4th February 2020, over 20,000 cases (20,604) have been reported from China and 26 other countries and the death toll stands at 427. There is no confirmed case in Ghana yet.

On 30th January 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

The World Health Organization has recommended to member states to prepare and prevent further international exportation of the outbreak, by strengthening systems for containment including active, early detection, isolation, case and contact management.

The Minister of Health in Ghana, Hon. Kweku Agyeman Manu said the National Technical Coordination Committee (which is multi- sectoral and multi- disciplinary, with experts from the Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Service, the World Health Organization, Veterinary Services Department of the MOFA, Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research (NMIMIR), Immigration Service, Security Agencies, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention among others has had three times.

Hon. Kweku Agyeman Manu further explained that the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service have sent alerts to all regions and districts to activate the respective Public Health Emergency Management Committees.

“Stakeholder engagements have started and we have met the authorities of Kotoka International Airport (KIA), Tema Port and Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL).
Furthermore, we have held a meeting with the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana and discussed issues related with regulating high risk travels to and from the affected areas of China”, he mentioned.

The Chinese Ambassador indicated that, China is doing its best to contain the outbreak and indicated no Ghanaian in the affected area is infected.

He highly described the preparedness of Ghana towards the outbreak as highly professional and suggested against mass evacuation of Ghanaian nationals in the affected areas. The World Health Organization also hold this stand against mass evacuation.

Active surveillance within the country, as well as the point of entry has been enhanced.

Hon. Kwaku Agyemang Manu said the ministry of health has conducted training for the case management teams in Tema and Ridge hospitals and in the process to scale up. He said they have initiated process to designate more centers in highly populated areas of Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi and Temale.

Hon. Agyemang Manu noted that, social mobilization and risk communication plan has been developed for emergency response and a key message and alerts have been developed for the use by the general public.

These are aimed at providing public education on the outbreak and necessary prevention measures.

He continued that, jingles and media arrangements have been made to sensitize travellers on arrival at the various entry point.

Hon. Agyemang Manu said, the government of Ghana has allocated an amount of cedis equivalent of Ghs¢2.5million cedis for the start up towards the implementation of the initial response for national preparedness plan .

Hon. Agyemang Manu concluded by saying, the ministry of health has initiated a process to procure 10000 pieces of personal protective equipment for the use of all front line workers and arrangements are being made to procure insurance cover for all front line workers.
We are in to together and therefore call on the private sector and development partners to give their support to our national effort in to period of preparedness.

SOURCE: ODHYIEE NANA KWAME BOAH , MARKK RADIO

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Supreme Court to deliver Election Petition judgment today

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The Supreme Court is today, Thursday, March 4, 2021, expected to deliver its judgment on the December 2020 presidential election petition.

Former President John Mahama who re-contested the election on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), took the Electoral Commission to court, challenging the validity of the Commission’s 9th December 2020 declaration of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as winner of the poll.

Mr. Mahama also contended in his petition that, President Akufo-Addo did not meet the constitutional threshold for election to the high office of president yet was so declared.

He has been praying the court in the last two months, albeit amidst strong opposition from lawyers for President Akufo-Addo and the Electoral Commission, to nullify the declaration and to cause a re-run between him and President Akufo-Addo.

The Supreme Court’s judgment is supposed to address five issues that were set forth for determination, including the question of whether or not President Akufo-Addo met the constitutional threshold for election to the office of president.

The Issues are:

• Whether or not the petition discloses any reasonable cause of action.

• Whether or not based on the data contained in the declaration of the Electoral Commission of President Akufo-Addo as president-elect, no candidate obtained more than 50% of the valid votes casts as required by art.63 3 of the 1992 constitution.

• Whether or not the 2nd respondent still met the Article 63(3) of the 1992 constitution threshold by the exclusion or inclusion of the Techiman South constituency presidential election results.

• Whether or not the declaration by the first respondent dated 9th of December 2020 of the results of the presidential election conducted on the 7th of December 2020 was in violation of Article 63(3) of the 1992 constitution.

• Whether or not the alleged vote padding and other errors complained of by the petitioner affected the outcome of the presidential election results of 2020.

Source:citinewsroom.com

 

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Parliament approves Kojo, Hawa, Afriyie Akoto through secret balloting

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The three Miniserial-nominees who were rejected by the Minority side on the Appointments Committee have been approved by Parliament through secret balloting.

Information Minister-designate Kojo Oppong Nkrumah sailed through with 115 Yes votes as against 110 No votes. Fisheries and Aqua Culture Minister-designate Hawa Koomson secured 161 Yes votes with 104 No votes. Agric Minister-designate Dr Afriyie Akoto had 143 Yes votes and 121 No votes.

Before the votes, the Minority Members withdrew their consent for the approval of the three security sector ministers-designate following an uproar in the NDC.

Kan Dapaah, for National Security, Dominic Nitiwul for Defence, and Ambrose Dery for Interior had already been approved by the NDC MPs on the committee but the party has raised concerns over the move citing the nominees’ alleged role in the Ayawaso by-election violence and the killings that took place in 2020 polls.

At a caucus meeting Wednesday which lasted for over 2 hours, the caucus resolved to withdraw their consent for the consensus approval of the trio.

 

 

Source:Starrfm.com.gh

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Coronavirus Vaccine To Be Made Compulsory By The Government – Health Minister Reveals

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According to the Minister of health Mr Kwaku Agyeman Manu, the government is looking forward to making the vaccines compulsory after the country has received another batch of the immunization drug that will be able to give every Ghanaian a dose.

Earlier, Monday 1st March 2021, the president, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo together with Dr Bwaumai and their wives took their doses of the vaccine.

Yesterday also, many government officials and diplomats including the former president John Dramani Mahama and his wife Lordina Mahama also took their jab.

All those who have sworn never to take the vaccine should get ready to get immunized in the near future if they like it or not!

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