Coronavirus: Ghana named among 13 top-risk African countries

Coronavirus: Ghana named among 13 top-risk African countries

- Ghana and 12 other African countries that are likey to reocord cases of th coronavirus

- The WHO have asked these countries to be high alert at the boarders, airports and all other entry points to their countries

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Ghana has been mentioned as one of 13 African countries who are at risk of recording cases of the coronavirus disease.

According to the World Health Organization, these African countries have direct links or a high volume of travel to and from China.

The WHO statement named Nigeria, Algeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda to be on high alert.

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The rest of the African nations are; Angola, Ivory Coast and DR Congo.

To ensure rapid detection of the novel coronavirus, it is important to have laboratories which can test samples and WHO is supporting countries to improve their testing capacity. Since this is a new virus, there are currently only two referral laboratories in the African region which have the reagents needed to conduct such tests,” the statement read in part.

The WHO also said it was in the process of supporting some of the affected individuals reagent kits to boost and increase diagnosis as soon as possible.

Active screening at airports has been established in a majority of these countries and while they will be WHO first areas of focus, the organization will support all countries in the region in their preparation efforts,” a statement signed by the WHO’s regional director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti.

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Dr. Moeti urged these African countries to report to the hospital if they suspect an see any body with the coronavirus disease.

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The quicker countries can detect cases, the faster they will be able to contain an outbreak and ensure the novel coronavirus does not overwhelm health systems,” Dr.Moeti said. earlier reported that Parliament on Thursday, January 30, 2020 approved a 50% and 100% upward review of fees charged for a passport application.

Effective February 1, 2020, the passport fee for booklets with 32 pages will cost GHC100 and the GHC150 for booklet with 48 pages.

Also, persons who want expedited service will have to pay GHC150 for the 32-page booklet and GHC200 for the 48-page booklet.

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