President Nana Akufo-Addo will this evening, 8 p.m., address Ghanaians on “enhanced measures” put in place by the government’s health system to stave off the raging coronavirus which has so far affected all of Ghana’s three neighbours – Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Togo.
Already, Mr Akufo-Addo has suspended, temporarily, all foreign travels for all public officials, as part of measures the government has taken to prevent the outbreak of COVID-19 in Ghana.
In a circular issued by the Chief of Staff at the Office of the President, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, and addressed to all sector ministers and their deputies, Regional Ministers and their deputies, all metropolitan, municipal, and district chief executives, and all heads of government agencies, the Chief of Staff stressed that only essential and critical foreign travels will be considered and, thereafter, approved.
“The directive, together with other measures being put in place by Government, is intended to protect the general public from contracting the virus. Please take note and ensure compliance,” the statement added.
Stop shaking hands
At the 63rd independence day celebration, in Kumasi, on 6 March 2020, President Akufo-Addo admonished Ghanaians to stop shaking hands completely, and cover their mouths when their cough and sneeze to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease.
Describing the disease as a medical crisis that is bringing in its wake deaths and economic difficulties, and is spreading fear and panic throughout the world, President Akufo-Addo revealed that in the early days of the outbreak, he constituted, on 7 February 2020, a high-powered emergency response team to handle the crisis.
The team, he said, has been monitoring developments and reporting to him on a daily basis.
He stated that strict checks at Ghana’s entry points are being conducted, with rigorous screening procedures.