Fact check: WHO has not named Ghana as second-best country in management of COVID-19

Fact check: WHO has not named Ghana as second-best country in management of COVID-19

- Ghana has not been named as the second-best in COVID-19 management

- Ghana’s Covid-19 caseload has shot up to 14,154

- The West African nation has recorded 85 deaths so far from the pandemic

- Our Manifesto: This is what YEN.com.gh believes in

Claims that the World Health Organization (WHO) has named Ghana as the second-best country in the management of COVID-19 have been proven to be untrue.

The claims went viral on social media after two groups related to the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) shared them on Facebook.

One of the posts claimed that the WHO named Ghana as the second-best country in the world after Germany in terms of efficiency in the management of COVID-19 cases.

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However, the claims have been disproved by Fact-check Ghana, a private organisation responsible for ensuring credible reportage.

A publication on their website said there are high tendencies of some government officials clinging to false information in a bid to project the government in a good light.

There was, therefore, a check on the WHO’s website to ascertain the authenticity of the claims, however, nothing of that sort was found there.

On the WHO’s COVID-19 update portal, we found nothing of the sort. We went further to run a simple Google search to find the possible source of the information.

Further checks also indicated that the claims were started by the Member of Parliament for Assin South Constituency in the Central Region, Rev. John Ntim Fordjour.

The NPP legislator made the statement during an interview with Citi TV and it, unfortunately, was taken as fact by some Ghanaians.

When it comes to Germany, Germany currently has 138,000 cases and 8,500 deaths but the Chancellor has ensured that restrictions have been eased. As we speak, they are even playing the Bundesliga under very strict guidelines,” the MP said during that interview.

“The Germans have been absolutely efficient with this…. When you mention Germany, the next probable country that comes into mind in terms of efficiency in managing COVID-19 in Ghana and that is the fact that we must acknowledge. We must not be pessimistic about the efforts. ”

However, it has been confirmed that these were his personal opinions, rather than facts.

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It is also worthy to note that the WHO currently has no ranking of countries’ performances on COVID-19. 

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that a new Executive Instrument (E.I 164) in Ghana has made it compulsory for everyone to wear a face mask in public or risk a maximum of 10-year jail term.

The law, which has been signed by President Akufo-Addo came into force on June 15, 2020.

Those without face mask risk being incarcerated between four and 10 years or will pay a fine of GH¢12,000 to GH¢60,000, or both.

The E.I was passed as part of measures to minimise the spread of the COVID-19.

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