Since Ghana recorded its first two coronavirus cases, President Akufo Addo has been engaging Ghanaians on measures his government has outlined to combat the spread of the virus.
On his eighth broadcast to the nation on Sunday, April 26, 2020, Prez AkufoAddo presented to Ghanaians some major decisions he has taken after consultations and meetings with the Council of State and some key stakeholders.
- Maintaining existing measures and extending the ban on public gatherings
President Nana Addo stated in his address that by Executive Instrument (EI 64), he has extended the suspension of all public and social gatherings for another two weeks effective today [Monday, April 27, 2020] whilst maintaining other existing measures “until we have a firm grip on the movement of the virus.”
- Ghanaians must stop aiding foreigners into the country illegally
President Akufo-Addo noted that some unpatriotic Ghanaians are aiding some West African nationals to enter the country illegally despite the closure of Ghana’s borders due to the virus.
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He said, this attitude is more disturbing as several of the West Africans, who have been arrested, have later tested positive for the virus.
- Coronavirus has exposed the deficiencies of our healthcare system
The president hinted that the outbreak of the novel virus has exposed some deficiencies in the health sector of the country.
He subsequently announced plans by his government to construct some hospitals in some 88 districts in the country without hospitals.
- Muslims must stay at home and pray
President Akufo-Addo appealed passionately to Muslims to stay at home and pray during throughout the period of Ramadan, something the Holy Prophet Muhammed has been advocating for any time there was heavy rain.
- Gov’t makes strides in PPEs for health workers
The president indicated that the government has enabled significant domestic production and supply of protective equipment (PPEs) to health workers as they wage war on COVID-19.
- Coronavirus fight will be a long war for Ghana
Akufo-Addo as part of his address said Ghana remains in unchartered territory in its fight against the novel Coronavirus.
- Compulsory wearing of face masks
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said face masks are now mandatory for every Ghanaian to wear. This is part of the measures taken if Ghana wants to win the war against COVID-19.
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He said some guidelines have been issued by the Health Minister which is to guide the general public on the production and mandatory wearing of the face masks.
- Akufo-Addo asks Ghanaians to support him defeat COVID-19
President Akufo Addo has asked Ghanaians to continue to rally behind him to defeat the Coronavirus pandemic.
“This is the time for sacrifice so that we do not have to bear a greater cost in the future,” he stated.