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The Coronavirus Pandemic in Ghana

By the Ghana Health Service insightful highlights on Wikipedia, as it’s happening everywhere; “the coronavirus pandemic in Ghana is a viral (contagious) pandemic of coronavirus diseases 2019 (COVID 19), a novel infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome 2 ( SARS-CoV-2). The first two cases of COVID 19 in Ghana during 2019-20 world wide pandemic was confirmed on March 12, 2020 when two people returned from Norway and Turkey”.

As of now Ghana has 195 confirmed cases of COVID 19, 31 Recovered, and 5 deaths with a total of 4560 suspicious cases tested. The Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research (NMIMR) has tested 4225, while the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR) has tested 335 cases. This is a cause for concern, within the space of 3 weeks the number of confirmed cases have increased dramatically, it tells us about how fast the virus is spreading and surging beyond expectations. Most of the affected ones are people who travelled into the country from the outside world, with the help of the mandatory quarantine authorised President Akufo-Addo, a lot of people were sampled and tested with results showing evidently.

COVID-19 test results

The general feelings and experiences of people towards COVID 19 is quite obvious, a host of Ghanaians are hibernating as the turn of events are pretty slow and virtually no movement across town, activities have come to a halt, due to the lockdown which is expected to last for the next two weeks, after it began on 30th March, 2020. The government’s attitude towards the fight against spread of coronavirus is tremendously powerful, there’s effective communication and accurate information updates on all fronts.

This has led to the setting up of a COVID 19 National Trust Fund, which was established on Friday, 27th March 2020 by the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. Honestly, he donated the next three months of his salary into the fund as seed capital; leading by example always works (in a perfect way), the vice president, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia also followed suit, with a similar donation, so has it become of all ministers of state as well as the deputies, with a certain percentage of their salaries going into the trust fund, within a period of time. The COVID 19 National Trust Fund is specifically meant for the fight against the virus and assist in the welfare of the needy and the vulnerable.

In all fairness, the precautionary steps are taken seriously with a lot of Ghanaians encouraged to stay at home and avoid the spread. If the spread is literally or figuratively curbed, activities will be back to normal, and all of us can have our peace of mind. The suspension of public gatherings and eventual shutdown of cinemas, shops and offices can survive the brokenness only if, provided something incredible is done to avoid the coronevirus spread. We hope that the preventive measures are observed, so that we can gradually stop COVID-19, and make things better for all of us. See the image below!

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