The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says he has directed the Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, to make available the cedi equivalent of $100 million to enhance Ghana’s Coronavirus preparedness and response plan.
This amount, according to President Akufo-Addo, “is to fund expansion of infrastructure, purchase of materials and equipment, and public education.”
Delivering an address to the nation on Wednesday, 11th March, 2020, the President explained that, with the declaration by the World Health Organisation (WHO) of the Coronavirus disease as “a pandemic”, it is important that Ghana steps up her preparedness to ensure that, beyond the initial measures that have been put in place, a ‘whole of Ghana’ approach is adopted in preparation for a possible hit within the country’s borders.
Ghana’s entry points, such as her airports and land borders, President Akufo-Addo said, continue to show satisfactory preparedness to screen all entrants into the country, with the Ministry of Health designating a quarantine facility that can hold infected persons, whilst regional hospitals are preparing isolation centres for holding suspected cases.
President Akufo-Addo said except for critical assignments, “all public officials are to remain within the jurisdiction until further notice.”
He urged video conferencing facilities and other technological tools to be utilized, whenever possible, for international engagements.
“I have also instructed further enhancements of the protocols for inbound traffic from already affected countries.”
President Akufo-Addo urged Ghanaians to, as much as possible, desist from all foreign travels except the most critical ones until there is a grip on the virus.