President Akufo-Addo has met with executives of the Ghana Medical Association following the decision to lift the restriction of movement of persons amid increasing cases of COVID-19 in the country.
At the meeting, the President briefed them on the factors that led to the decision and called on the Ghana Medical Association and its members to support government’s efforts aimed at curbing the spread of the pandemic.
“On Monday, 20th April 2020, I met with the Executive Committee of the Ghana Medical Association at Jubilee House, the seat of the nation’s presidency, to brief them of the factors that led to the decision to lift the partial lockdown on Accra, Kasoa, Kumasi and Tema. I also elicited the continuous support of the Association and its members towards the fight to defeat the Coronavirus pandemic in the country,” the President said on his Facebook page.
“As President of this country, I cannot also ignore the impact that this lockdown is having on several constituencies of our country, specifically those who are a very important part of the Ghanaian equation, the people who live, if you like, ‘hand-to-mouth,’ informal workers who need to have a day out in the market one form or the other for their families, who are having a lot of difficulty,” he added.
The Ghana Medical Association pledged their unflinching support to government in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Dr. Frank Ankobea, President of the Ghana Medical Association, observed that the association recognizes the difficult situation the country finds itself in but remains loyal and fully committed to the national agenda to trace, test and treat COVID-19 patients as well as to stop the spread of the deadly virus.
“We are so happy that you invited us this morning to discuss the pertinent issues. All we need to do is to pledge our support to a government that we are going to continue with you, we are going to fight till this virus is eliminated from Ghana,” the GMA President, Dr. Frank Ankobea said.
President Akufo-Addo in his 7 update to Ghanaians on measures taken by government against the novel coronavirus announced that restrictions imposed on the movement of persons in the Greater Accra Region, Kasoa and Greater Kumasi have been lifted with effect from today.
This was however met with mixed reactions from Ghanaians. While some agree to the President’s decision in lifting the ban, others believe it’s a wrong move considering the 1,000 plus cases recorded, saying this might create an avenue for the spread of the virus.
VoterA registration: EC begins nationwide pilot exercise
In its bid to compile a new register of voter for this year’s general elections, the Electoral Commission (EC) has begun a pilot registration exercise in selected constituencies across the country.
The pilot exercise, which started on Tuesday, 2 June 2020, is aimed at preparing for the 40-day registration exercise later this month.
Speaking to Class News at a pilot centre in Sarpeiman, the Accra Regional Director of the EC, Mr Kwame Amoah said the pilot exercise was to test the equipment and the readiness of trained personnel ahead of the main exercise.
He added: “We want to demonstrate how everything will pan out during the registration period. We have invited the political parties, the staff and people in the community to come and participate and observe so they will go through the various processes.”
On the issue of safety, Mr Amoah noted that the electoral body had put in place the necessary measures to safeguard the lives of the staff and participants in the registration exercise.
Outlining measures taken by the EC to ensure that the safety protocols are observed, he said: “We want to ensure that we observe it because health is important. The Electoral Commission is a law-abiding institution, so, we will ensure that people observe it. If we don’t observe it, it will be difficult for us to serve you”.
“We expect members of the public to cooperate so that together, we can have a successful exercise,” he concluded.
Make all final year day-students in SHS boarders – Napo directs
The Ministry of Education has asked all boarding schools to make provisions for all final year day-students to be in a boarding house as one of the enhanced safety measures taken to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 as the government eases restrictions on social gathering.
Following the president’s Sunday announcement to gradually ease restrictions on social gatherings, the various stakeholders including the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs and the Ministry of Education have given specific directives to this effect.
Education Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku-Prempeh, addressing the press Tuesday indicated schools will be reopened under some strict measures, mentioning the need for all day-students in Senior High School (SHS) to be made boarding students as one of the measures.
While reiterating that SHSs will reopen on Monday, June 22 for only final year students and SHS 2 Gold track students, he instructed that day students be housed in their schools.
“All day students in boarding school will be accepted as boarders”, he said.
“That means all schools that are operating as boarding schools as well, those day students would have been accepted as boarders,” he explained.
And for typical day schools, he noted that “there will be enhanced protocols to take care of the children.”
Other measures put in place for the reopening of the SHS include the following:
Re-opening on Monday, June 22, 2020
Final Year Students (SHS 3) and SHS 2 Gold Track Only
Six Weeks of Academic work then five weeks for WASSCE
All classes to be split – No more than 25 students in a class
Day schools will have enhanced daily health protocols
Dining will be in batches in boarding schools
NO visitors Allowed
Schools are unavailable for religious activities
No Sports and sporting events.
Source: 3 News
ICGC branches nation-wide remains closed despite lifting of ban on church activities
International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), headed by Pastor Mensa Otabil will remain closed nation-wide despite the lifting of ban on church activities.
In his 10th address to the nation on Sunday, President Nana Akufo-Addo stated that churches and mosques can admit up 100 people during service. Church services, in particular, are not to extend beyond one hour.
However, ICGC has instructed all its members nationwide to remain at home until further notice.
Destiny Empowerment Chapel International and Spirit Life Revival Ministries have done a similar thing.
Read the full statement below
HEAD OFFICE OFFICIAL COMMUNICATION DIRECTIVES ON REOPENING ICGC ASSEMBLIES
Greetings to you all in the name of Jesus Christ in Our Year of Excellence.
The Presbytery of the Church has considered the directives issued by the Government of Ghana for the commencement of church services on the 7th of June 2020.
In line with this, the Presbytery hereby directs Pastors and ICGC local assemblies as follows:
1.0 Non-Opening of ICGC Churches
No ICGC local assembly shall be opened to run in-person church services until so advised by the Presbytery.
2.0 Sunday Services
All ICGC local assemblies will continue to fellowship together on air and on-line as we join the General Overseer on Sundays for services, as we do now.
3.0 Mid-week Services
Local Pastors will continue to minister to their congregations through on-line, on air, and social media channels during the week (Mondays – Saturdays).
4.0 Other church services
The Presbytery will soon issue directives on the conduct of weddings and funerals in our local assemblies.
Guidelines for Reopening of Churches
a. The Church will use the month of June to assess, monitor and evaluate all protocols in simulation exercises with selected local assemblies in various districts. This will enable us to determine the appropriateness and effectiveness of the protocols throughout our churches nation-wide various districts. This will enable us to determine the appropriateness and effectiveness of the protocols throughout our churches nationwide.
b. The Presbytery will issue clear instructions on the next steps to be followed by the Church depending on the outcomes of (a) above.
C. At the appropriate time, the Presbytery will issue instructions on the phased re-opening of local assemblies which will be informed by the following key factors:
i. The trend of the virus infections country-wide
ii. The reports on the spread of the virus in the districts where ICGC local assemblies are located
iii. The preparedness of the local assemblies in various districts to run church services.
6.0 Compliance All pastors and local assemblies shall fully comply with these and other subsequent directives issued by Presbytery.
7.0 Conclusion We are mindful of the need for our congregations to gather and worship freely and openly. However, the current situation demands that we also consider the health and safety of all congregants.
We pray that God will grant us the wisdom to offer the right guidance to the Church in these uncertain times.
I entreat you all to keep praying fervently for the Church, Ghana, and the nations. I am convinced we will come out of this better and stronger.
Rev. Morris Appiah
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