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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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Disqualified Presidential Aspirants Will Get Their Money Back – EC

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Presidential aspirants who were disqualified from contesting in the 2020 general elections by the Electoral Commission (EC) will get a refund of their GH¢100,000 filing fees, according to the commission.

The Head of Public Relations for the Commission, Sylvia Annor, while speaking to JoyNews, said that it has become necessary to refund these aspirants as they failed to meet the EC’s requirements.

“In this situation where the aspirants were not able to sail through, we have no other alternative than to give their monies back to them but for those who are able to sail through, their monies will be kept,” she said.

This follows news that 5 of the 17 presidential aspirants who filed to contest in the 2020 general election were disqualified by the EC.

These presidential aspirants are Kwesi Addae Odike, Kofi Koranteng, Marricke Kofi Gane, Kwasi Busumbru and Nana Agyenim Boateng.

They were disqualified on the basis of signature forgeries and manufacturing of endorses, which will, in fact, be handed over to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) for further investigations.

“We dialogued with them as a Commission at a certain level during the period so I want to believe that the five, who were mentioned, know about the issues the EC was talking about.

“We gave the aspirants a very ample time within which they were given the opportunity to make amends. Now we are over and done with that process and we are moving to the next stage which is balloting.

“So there wouldn’t be any opportunity for any appeal,” she said.

 

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‘Hypocrite’ – Kwame A Plus Blasts Nana Addo For His Silence During Police Brutality In Nigeria (VIDEO)

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Controversial Kwame A Plus has expressed his disappointment in Ghana’s president, Nana Addo for refusing to issue statements to his neighboring country, Nigeria over Police Brutality in the country in the ongoing End Sars protests.

While the police brutality has become very severe in Ghana’s neighboring country, Nigeria, most Ghanaians celebrities are ‘pressuring’ the Nana Addo to issue a statement to Nigerian president to End Sar.

According to many including Kwame A Plus, the New Patriotic Party which is headed by president Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo organised a funeral rite for late American hip-hop artist, George Floyd when he was also murdered through police brutality in Minneapolis, Minnesota, while being arrested.

Mr. Kwame Asare Obeng nicknamed A PLUS expresses his disappointment in President Nana Addo for his silence during #EndSARS protests in Nigeria, despite being vocal during Black Lives Matter protests in America.

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Mahama Sleeps With His Wife’s Maid – Chairman Wontumi Alleges

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Chairman Wontumi, The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, has alleged that promiscuity has lead to a rift between former President John Dramani Mahama and his wife Lordina Mahama.

Chairman Wontumi in an interview on the Wontumi Morning Show revealed that the former first family are currently living in different houses because Lordina Mahama does not trust her husband.

The NPP chairman also added that Lordin would not vote for her husband, the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

“Lordina Mahama has left her marital home. She is staying somewhere and I can assure you that she will never vote for her husband,” Chairman Wontumi revealed.

He advised former President Mahama to apologise to his wife rather than use his daughter Farida to court public sympathy noting that “John Mahama has been using the image of Farida to court public sympathy instead of begging his wife”.

He also disclosed that Lordina Mahama was angry when she caught her husband having an affair with her maid in their house.

“Lordina Mahama also caught John Mahama and her maid having an affair. Mahama really has hammered the maid”, the chairman added.

 

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