- All school children without face masks will be arrested
- The Sunyani MCE says this is to ensure compliance
- Ghana’s covid-19 continues to rise amid a second wave
The Municipal Chief Executive of Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region, Justina Owusu-Banahene, says school children without facemasks will be arrested. Her comments come in the wake of the Ghana Police Service intensifying calls for compliance against the Coronavirus.
“The police will not be hesitant to arrest school children who fail to have their face masks on. This is the law and we must respect it,” she stated on Joy FM
With a variant of the virus in South Africa, Ghanaian medical professionals through Nuguchi Memorial Institute are racing behind time to deal with the possible importation of the new virus.
The Ghana Medical Association has pressed government to re-introduce restrictions, if not a lockdown, to deal with the recent surge in cases. Meanwhile, the information minister has explained that a national lockdown will happen if cases continue to soar.
Speaking on Joy News, a former deputy health minister, Bernard Oko Boye indicated the county had applied to a world health Organization platform to access the vaccine expected to be available in the first of this year. He disclosed the priority list for vaccination.
“As we speak, there is a technical committee established to look at the criteria for a rollout. Frontline health care workers on the priority risk. Also, the security forces, persons with health conditions and transport operators and teachers because of how they interact with passengers,” he revealed
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.
As at January 11, the number of confirmed active cases – as reported from the website of the Ministry of Health – stands at 1,404.
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.
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.
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.
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