Nana Addo to address nation over rise in Covid-19 cases

Nana Addo to address nation over rise in Covid-19 cases

- Ghanaians will be addressed by President Akufo-Addo on measures to contain the Coronavirus

- The Ghana Medical Association has warned Ghanaians that “their health is in their hands”

- Confirmed active Covid-19 cases as at January 11 stands at 1404

The president will address the nation at 8pm on measures taken to curb the spread of the Coronavirus.

His address is timely, Ghana has since December 2020 been recording a spike in the positivity rate of the Coronavirus. This, the Ghana Medical Association has described as “alarming”.

Government is under immense pressure to effect a second lockdown. Ghana’s Coronavirus positivity rate keeps increasing. The Ghana Medical Association has warned of hospitals and Intensive Care Units (ICUs) being overwhelmed by Covid-19 cases.

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As at January 11, the number of confirmed active cases – as reported from the website of the Ministry of Health – stands at 1,404.

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Figures from the Ministry of Health shows a spike in daily numbers since December – this has been linked to indiscipline, flouting of covid-19 protocols and the elections.

Already, the Ghana Medical Association has warned the public that “their health is in their own hands” and hospitals get overstretched to deal with the surge of the virus.

One concern has been the cost for testing as well as the lack of contact tracing on the part of the Ministry of Health. These issues, according to the GMA, has led to the increasing spike in Covid cases.

Even as government races to curtail the spread of the virus, suspicions of a suppression of Covid-19 data keeps rising. Journalists and some medical professionals are doubting the figures being churned by the Ministry of Health as they argue that they (the figures) are in sharp contrast with the reality at various medical facilities.

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Meanwhile, President Akufo Addo has assured of Ghana’s preparedness to roll out a mass vaccination program against Covid-19. Speaking at his recent Covid-19 address, the president revealed that procurement processes are far advanced to secure millions of vaccine doses in 2021.

This assurance comes as Nigeria, Ghana’s next door neighbor, has recorded a new case of the Covid-19 variant which global scientists fear is more contagious than the Covid-19 we know.


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