- Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta is in the US for medical care
- Sources say his medical complication arose from Covid-19
- The minister is expected to spend two weeks on this medical trip
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The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta, has been flown to the USA for urgent medical attention. The Public Relations Office of the ministry revealed in a press statement that Mr. Ofori Atta is suffering complications from his Covid-19 recovery since December 2020.
“After recovery from Covid-19 last December, Mr. Ofori Atta has medical complications which doctors advise, require further interventions not currently available in Ghana,” excerpts of the statement added.
Meanwhile, he is expected to spend two weeks abroad and return for his appearance before the Appointments of Parliament.
The Ghana Medical Association has revealed that more children and babies are contracting Covid-19. With cases increasing, there are some concerns for vulnerable populations as children to be vaccinated of the pandemic.
Speaking on Joy News Newsfile, Director-General of the Ghana Standards Authority, Dr. Alexander Dodoo insisted that despite the surge in Covid-19 cases, children, lactating mothers, and pregnant women will not be vaccinated.
He further revealed that those with a weak immune system, allergies, and underlying health conditions will not be inoculated as well. Ghana is expecting about 19 million vaccine doses by the end of March 2020. Authorities have assured that the vaccine will be put to good use, especially as cases continue to skyrocket.
Payment of fines
The Accra and Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly together with the Ghana Police Service are imposing fines of 20 cedis on road users and traders who flout the mandatory mask-wearing mandate ordered by the President. Ghana’s urgent current Covid-19 situation has so far been added to the list of highly risky countries with a new variant of the virus.
President Akufo Addo has introduced new restrictions - all weddings, parties, and outdoor events are banned. Police personnel has also been deployed to clamp down on Ghanaians flouting the mandatory mask-wearing directive.
Meanwhile, Ghana is expected to receive its first batch of 2.4 million vaccines by March. This will spark the first batch of inoculation even as the President aims to inoculate the entire population of 30 million.
Figures from the Ministry of Health show a spike in daily numbers since December – this has been linked to indiscipline, flouting of covid-19 protocols, and the elections held in December 2020.
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