- The health minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, has explained how the Bank of Ghana hospital would be put to use
- According to him, the facility would only be made available for use by Bank of Ghana staff as well as Very Important Persons (VIPs) who test positive for the coronavirus
- He explained that the Bank of Ghana is an autonomous institution and as such the government has little influence over the use of the hospital
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The minister of health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, has stated that the government has sealed a deal with the Bank of Ghana (BoG) to treat a defined group of people at the bank’s hospital.
According to him, the facilities of the hospital are reserved for BoG’s staff as well as Very Important Persons (VIPs) who test positive for COVID-19.
His statement is a response to several complaints about the reason why the health facility has not been put to use when Ghanaians are being infected with the coronavirus.
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Per a Ghanaweb.com report, the minister explained that the Central Bank is an autonomous institution and as such, the government needs to reach an agreement with it before anything could be done at the hospital.
Currently, Ghana has recorded 195 cases of the coronavirus, with 174 spotted in Greater Accra, 10 in the Northern region, nine in the Ashanti region, one in the Upper West region and one in the Eastern region.
Presently a two-week partial lockdown has been activated in the Greater Accra and parts of the Ashanti region.
Meanwhile, the minister of finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, has revealed that the government may present a new 2020 budget to Parliament in July 2020.
According to him, this has become necessary because of the economic effects of the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Ofori-Atta added that the effects of the coronavirus could push Ghana’s 2020 deficit to over 7% if care is not taken.
A Ghanaweb.com report reveals that the finance minister passed the comment on the sidelines of a presentation to Parliament about the economic implications of the spread of the coronavirus.
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