Akufo-Addo assesses Ghana’s readiness to deal with coronavirus disease

Akufo-Addo assesses Ghana’s readiness to deal with coronavirus disease

President Nana Akufo-Addo on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 paid a working visit to some key health facilities to assess the country’s preparedness for the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

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He was accompanied by minister in charge of the health sector, Kwaku Agyeman Manu.

They visited the Tema General Hospital, the Greater Accra Regional Hospital and the Kotoka International Airport.

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At the Kotoka International Airport, all passengers are screened using thermal scanning devices at the airport, and passengers are also required to fill a health declaration form.

"A holding room at the airport, which is to be utilised to hold suspected COVID-19 cases, has been established,” Akufo-Addo stated.

He also noted that the hospitals designated as treatment or isolation centers are all ready in the event of any positive cases.

In briefing the president on the process one goes through upon arrival at the KIA, Managing Director of the Ghana Airports Company Ltd, Mr. Yaw Kwakwa, said all passengers are screened using thermal scanning devices. And also to fill a a health declaration form.

The President was made aware of the fact that the emergency response team at the hospitals has been activated, with basic medical checks undertaken on every patient who visits the hospital.

If there is any positive indication of the contraction of a disease, we keep you and we make arrangement for the patient to be transported to this centre. We conduct a test, which involves taking samples and sending it to Noguchi. To date, we have tested about seventeen people who fitted into the case definition. However, luckily, none of them tested positive,” President Akufo-Addo was told.

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In briefing the President, the Minister of Health stated that public health emergency management structures at all levels, i.e. national, regional, district have been activated and placed on high alert, in addition to the holding of National Technical Co-ordinating Committee meetings.

On his part, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, Healthcares Minister told President Akufo-Addo that 40 suspected coronavirus cases have been reported and tested.

All forty (40), he stressed have tested negative for COVID-19 from Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR).

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that in his quest to win political power, John Dumelo, NDC’s parliamentary candidate for the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency went on a door-to-door campaign on the University of Ghana campus in Accra.

The actor, turned politician has intensified his campaign ahead of the parliamentary polls in December 2020.

He has been doing all sorts of things to win the hearts and minds of electorates in the constituency.

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