Ghana’s first two imported cases of the coronavirus Covid-19, are foreign nationals.
According to our sources, one is a senior official at the Norwegian Embassy in Ghana, whereas the other is a Turkish citizen.
At an emergency press conference on Thursday night by the Ministry of Information, the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, did not disclose the identities of the two patients, except to say the cases were imported into the country.
He also did not say when or how the two foreign nationals entered the country and whether they went through the necessary checks and screening or not.
According to the Health Minister, “the two patients are stable and have been kept in isolation.”
The Minister, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, also revealed that the Ministry of Health and other relevant state agencies have begun tracing individuals the two patients have gotten in contact with.
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$100m allocated for coronavirus fight – Nana Addo
In an address to the nation on Wednesday, 11th March 2020, the President Akufo-Addo said he has directed the Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, to make available the cedi equivalent of US$100 million to enhance Ghana’s Coronavirus preparedness and response plan.
This amount, according to President Akufo-Addo, “is to fund the expansion of infrastructure, purchase of materials and equipment, and public education”.
He further 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.