- Dr Okoe-Boye has justified government’s decision to enforce a partial lockdown instead of a total national lockdown
- According to him, the measure put in place by government is sufficient to manage the spread of the COVID-19
- He further stated that the more cases that are being recorded was mostly due to the samples being tested since the first cases were recorded
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Deputy Health Minister-designate, Dr Benard Okoe-Boye, has justified government’s decision to enforce a partial lockdown instead of a total national lockdown.
According to him, he strongly believes the measure put in place by government is sufficient to manage the spread of the COVID-19.
Answering to questions during his vetting, he further stated that the more cases that are being recorded was mostly due to the samples being tested since the first cases were recorded on March 11.
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“They are not necessarily cases of yesterday. We have a lot of samples in the queue for us to test them because of the limitation in testing capacity although Ghana is one of the highest testing regions in the continent,” Mr Okoe-Boye stated.
The Ledzokuku legislator said the number of deaths, recoveries and some 66 others who are awaiting a second result to affirm their status must be subtracted from the current number of confirmed cases.
Dr Benard Okoe-Boye was appointed by President Nana Akufo-Addo to take up the role of Deputy Health Minister to replace Alexander Kodwo Abban who has been reassigned as Deputy Minister for Communications.
A medical doctor by profession, his vetting was fast-tracked to enable him to bring his expertise on board in Ghana’s fight against COVID-19.
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Meanwhile, veteran news anchor and ace broadcaster, Oheneyere Gifty Anti has underscored the need for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to take a bold decision to enforce a total lockdown and stop pampering Ghanaians.
According to her, if the president takes the initiative to announce a total nationwide lockdown, the spread of the coronavirus would be brought under control.
President Akufo-Addo, in a bid to bring the spread of the coronavirus under control, announced an extension of the directive on the restriction of movement by another week.
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