COVID-19: 5 key things you must know about Ghana’s fight against the pandemic

COVID-19: 5 key things you must know about Ghana’s fight against the pandemic

Ghana’s COVID-19 case count now stands at 5,530 according to data from the Ghana Health Service (GHS).

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At a press conference in Accra on Thursday, May 14, 2020, the Information Ministry noted that the country has also seen an increase in number of recoveries from 514 to 674 and a death toll of 24.

Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah and other government appointees also outlined some of the things government is doing to curb the spread of the COVID-19 in Ghana so far.

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1. Government is considering plans to arrest recalcitrant persons who refuse to adhere to basic guidelines such as wearing face masks in public spaces.

"The idea of ‘I don’t have money to buy’ should not be an excuse for anybody. We see people in the middle of the street begging for money. So that money you are begging for, use some to buy the mask.

Some cannot be worn on several occasions. We call them disposables. When you wear it and take it off, you throw it away. It’s not many of us that can wear that one. But the ones they are sewing in Ghana are reusable but before you reuse, you have to wash it, disinfect and iron it," Health Minister, Agyeman Manu opined.

2. Also, it was revealed at the presser that government will not consider any future lockdown because it affects the state economically.

"Generally, a lockdown isn’t something that is going to work any longer. A lockdown tilts a lot of things with its impact being quite severe. What we have to do now is to learn to live with the disease," Mr. Kwaku Agyeman Manu conceded.

3. Government further stated that it will issue guidelines to regulate workplace practices. This has become important because analysis by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) shows workplaces have become hubs of the spread of the virus.

"If we don't work towards curbing the spread of COVID-19, the result could be catastrophic for us," Mr. Agyeman Manu added.

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4. Government also says it is engaging stakeholders in education, sports, and religion to look at safety protocols to adhere to at gatherings.

5. So far 13 of the 16 regions in the country have recorded cases. Bono East, Savanna, and Ahafo Regions have none so far, according to the GHS official, Dr. Badu-Sarkodie. earlier reported that some 32 Ghanaian nurses and midwives are down with COVID-19 while hundreds of their colleagues have also been quarantined following exposure to the virus, the President of Ghana Registered and Midwives Association (GRNMA), Mrs. Perpetual Ofori-Ampofo has revealed.

She made the revelation on the sidelines of the launch of the 60th-anniversary celebration of the association on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, which marks the international day for nurses.

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