SHAMA DISTRICT: Covid-19 vacation was unbearable – Students hinted

According to Junior High School students that recently resumed back to school in the Shama District of the western region, the long novel coronavirus vacation was unbearable as majority couldn’t study effectively due to household duties.

Meanwhile we are glad and happy that the president of the republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo has in consultation with the Ghana Education Service have paved way for them to continue their academic year, they said.

The statement by the Junior High “2” students made to the Vision1 Fm western regional correspondent Benjamin Bray when the Parliamentary candidate for Shama constituency on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party, Hon. Samuel Erickson Abakah visited the Junior High Schools after the long vacation break during the novel COVID-19 pandemic.

Interacting with the students, the legislature, Hon. Abakah urged Junior High School students in the Shama District to study hard to have access and enjoy the Free Senior High School Programme which was effectively implemented by the ruling New Patriotic Party administration.

Again Hon. Abakah told students at the various Junior and Senior High Schools in the Shama District strictly observe the safety precautions on the novel coronavirus including wearing of nose masks, social distancing and regular hand washing as the government led by H. E. Nana Addo Dankwah and his able leadership are putting measures in place as the pandemic still in existence.

In response to Hon. Samuel Erickson Abakah’s statement on Free Senior High School Programme, the students indicated that, they are ever ready to continue their lessons that they were unable to complete when the global pandemic that hit country Ghana.

Moreover the students added that they will study hard and concentrate on their studies at all times so that after successful Basic Education Certificate Examination that will commence next academic year, they can enjoy the Free Senior High School Programme by the New Patriotic Party.

Meanwhile the students speaking to Vision1 Fm western regional correspondent, Benjamin Bray, pledged to adhere to the advise from Hon. Samuel Erickson Abakah to observe the COVID-19 safety precautions and also teachers instructions as they have resumed to continue their studies.

The lawyer and former teacher who is seeking the Shama constituents mandate to become the Member of Parliament is hopeful to retain the Shama constituency seat for the New Patriotic Party.

Filed By: Benjamin Bray – Vision1 FM / Globe TV


Confirmed: Paul Pogba Test Positive For Covid-19

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, has been left out of France squad for the Nations League games against Sweden and Croatia after testing positive for coronavirus.

The news was confirmed by France coach Didier Deschamps after he announced the squad for the games, with 17 year old midfielder Eduardo Camavinga of Rennes taken his place.

“I had to make a last minute change to the list because Paul Pogba was planned to be on this list but unfortunately for him, he took a test yesterday for Covid-19 which turned out positive, so at the last minute was replaced by Eduardo Camavinga.”

Manchester United in a statement said, “Pogba has been replaced in the France squad after testing positive for Covid-19. The midfielder will be unable to add to his 69 caps and 10 goals for his country in the games next month.

“Everyone at United wishes Paul a speedy recovery ahead of the new season.”

Pogba will have to self isolate for a 14 day period, ruling him out of France’s games but he will be available for selection when Manchester United begin their Premier League season against Crystal Palace on September 19

Confirm: Paul Pogba Test Positive For Covid-19

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, has been left out of France squad for the Nations League games against Sweden and Croatia after testing positive for coronavirus.

The news was confirmed by France coach Didier Deschamps after he announced the squad for the games, with 17 year old midfielder Eduardo Camavinga of Rennes taken his place.

“I had to make a last minute change to the list because Paul Pogba was planned to be on this list but unfortunately for him, he took a test yesterday for Covid-19 which turned out positive, so at the last minute was replaced by Eduardo Camavinga.”

Manchester United in a statement said, “Pogba has been replaced in the France squad after testing positive for Covid-19. The midfielder will be unable to add to his 69 caps and 10 goals for his country in the games next month.

“Everyone at United wishes Paul a speedy recovery ahead of the new season.”

Pogba will have to self isolate for a 14 day period, ruling him out of France’s games but he will be available for selection when Manchester United begin their Premier League season against Crystal Palace on September 19

The Chinese Embassy to Ghana Donates Medical Supplies to the New Patriotic Party of Ghana

On July 27, 2020, Mr. ZHU Jing, Charge d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy to Ghana handed over medical supplies to the New Patriotic Party of Ghana. The donation is provided by the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.

Hon. Frederick Blay, Chairman of the New Patriotic Party received the donation on behalf of the Party.

Mr. ZHU said that, in February this year, when the Chinese people were at the height of the battle against the COVID-19, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana and Honorable Blay wrote a letter separately to H.E. Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China to express solidarity and support for the Chinese people to fight against the pandemic. This was a strong testament to the brotherly friendship between two parties and would be recorded in the history of our two countries.

As the Ghanaian people are suffering this trying time, the Communist Party of China empathizes and stands firmly with the Ghanaian people in contending with this daunting challenge.

The International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China therefore made special arrangement to donate anti-epidemic supplies to the New Patriotic Party.

The Chinese side will continue sharing experience in disease prevention and treatment with the Ghanaian side to win the battle against major communicable disease and build a closer China-Africa community with a shared future.

“I contracted COVID-19 after my 60th birthday celebrations and I nearly died”

“I contracted COVID-19 after my 60th birthday celebrations and I nearly died” – Kennedy Agyapong recounts his near-death experience

Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Hon. Kennedy Agyapong has revealed that he contracted the delay Nover Coronavirus (COVID-19) which nearly sent him to his early grave.
According to the ballistic politician who has been away from the airwaves for a while now, he contracted the virus after his careless exposure to positive individuals at the celebration of his 60th birthday.

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“It was after my 60th birthday party which I resisted so much and it exposed me to people who had already tested positive.

“I dined with them and even for some people, they did not even have their nose masks on while others had theirs down the chin,” he said in an interview with Adom FM’s Alfred Amoh.

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Kennedy Agyapong went on to state that the virus had had a drastic impact on his weight and wellbeing since the experience was grave and he had to virtually battle for his life as he laid silently in isolation for 14 days.

“For over two weeks I was in quarantine; my nose was blocked and my bed was as if water had been poured on it coupled with a fever and within five days, I had lost weight drastically,” he recounted.

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He advised Ghanaians to desisit from treating the existence of the virus with kids gloves and to embrace the safety and preventive measures in place.

“I have recovered now and not shy to talk about it because I am a testimony but the disease is so real and we don’t have to joke with it,” he urged.

Mpaninfo 2000 donates PPEs to alma mater to fight Covid-19

Past students of Ofori Panin Senior High school in Kukurantumi in the Eastern region have donated items to their former school to fight the global pandemic, Covid 19. The items presented include hand sanitizers, nose masks, face shield, liguid soaps, Veronica buckets, tissue papers, dispensors and other learning materials.

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Presenting the items on behalf of the group, The president, Mr. Appiah Yaw Lartey admonished the school authorities to use the items for the intended purpose and advised teachers and students to adhere to the protocols set out by the Ghana Health Service in the fight against Covid19.

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He said the year’s group is committed to the school and have over the years undertook projects to help the school. This includes the renovation of the school pantry, supplied fans to each classroom among others.

Mpaninfo 2000 year group presenting the items to the school

Receiving the items on behalf the Board Chairman and the headmaster of the school, The Assistant headmaster in charge of Academics Mr. Armstrong Appiah expressed his gratitude for the gesture done and called on other year groups to emulate the exploits of the 2000 year group.

Edmund Kyei urges Ghanaians to put on face masks and pleads with security personnel to legally deal with offenders

We all accept as citizens that we are living in abnormal times, putting on face mask, washing hands regularly and many other Covid-19 safety protocols has not been our culture but looking at the situation at hand we must adjust our lifestyle to it.

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The daily update of Covid-19 cases by the Ministry Of Health has made us seen the high daily increment. Within a day Ghana records over 900 new cases which some of the causes can be attributed to our failure to observe all safety protocols. The World Health Organization (W.H.O) has made us understand the Corona Virus stays in the atmosphere for hours before it dies, this makes it harmful for people who fails to put face mask since the virus easily enters them.

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I will use this opportunity to commend the President Nana Addo led administration for the measures taken so far. Measures like reduction in utility bills and many relieve opportunities has been beneficial. I urge the media to daily broadcast the education on covid-19. I also plead with Ghanaians to help the Government fight Covid-19 by observing all safety protocols, I will also plead with our security agencies to ensure legal means of dealing with citizens who fails to abide by it.

Edmund Kyei
NPP Asokwa Constituency 1st Vice Chairman
NPP National Communications Team Member

Mandatory wearing of facemask: CODA Boss urges Police to enforce law

The Coastal Development Authority (CODA) and the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council have encouraged the Ghana Police Service to strictly enforce Executive Instrument 164 which makes it mandatory for all Ghanaians to wear face covering in their interaction with people as a way to stop the spread of coronavirus. The call was made when the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Authority and the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Hon. Ishmael Ashitey presented 2000 facemasks and 200 bottles of 250ml hand sanitizers to the Greater Accra Regional Police Command on Thursday 25th June, 2020.

Public Education

Addressing a small gathering of Police Officers and the media at the premises of the Greater Accra Regional Police, the CEO commended the Police for prioritizing public education on issues relating to the pandemic. He also praised them for rising to the occasion to enforce the new law on compulsory wearing of face covering, an effort which has seen the arrest of some people who were found without facemasks in Accra. He noted that, as an Authority, CODA will continue to do its part by raising public awareness and supporting the most vulnerable with PPEs to stop the spread of the virus.

Lawyer Jerry Ahmed Shaib emphasised that the power to enforce the new law remains in the hands of the Police and as such it was important to support Police personnel to continue to efficiently carry out that task albeit with utmost protection against the virus, hence the presentation.

Enforcement of law is key

In his speech, Hon Ashitey, who doubles as the Chairman of the Regional Security Council (REGSEC), thanked CODA for the gesture and called on other public organisations as well as private corporate bodies to emulate the example of CODA to support law enforcement agencies to stem the tide of the pandemic. He added that “it is significant to point out that, education and enforcement of wearing of mask has become necessary with the coming into effect of E.I 164 and for that matter, there is the urgent need for us to lend our support to Ghana Police Service in the discharge of their duties”.

Greater Accra Regional Commander of Police, DCOP Mr. Frederick Adu Anim thanked the CEO and Regional Minister for their generousity towards the Regional Police Command. He assured that, the Police will strictly enforce E.I 164 to ensure strict compliance with the law for the next three months that it will be in place.

Executive Instrument 164

HE Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in accordance with powers granted him under the Imposition of Restrictions Act, 2020 (Act 1012) signed and gazetted a new Executive Instrument (E.I 164) on June 15, 2020 which has made it mandatory to wear face masks for the next three (3) months. The law shall apply in all parts of Ghana and failure to comply will result in a prison sentence of four to 10 years or a fine of GH¢12,000 to GH¢60,000, or both.

Story: Sheila Satori Mensa

Coronavirus Vaccine Could Be Ready By Next Month

There is seems to be a breakthrough against the current global pandemic, as the coronavirus vaccine could be available to give in the form of an inhaler by next month according to a report.

Trials of a vaccine being developed by Oxford University are currently ongoing with the initial target of September to be available to the public.

Drug company Astra Zeneca has stated it will produce the vaccine light so it’s ready when final approval is given and intends to produce two billion doses thanks to funding from Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates.

The Oxford University team are reportedly “80 per cent confident” the Covid-19 vaccine work in younger people and say the vaccine could be given using a device like an asthma inhaler next month.

The news came in an online lecture for Oxford University’s Centre for Personalised Medicine given by team member Professor Adrian Hill, the Daily Mail reports.

He revealed that the clinical trials will end when the vaccine has clearly been found to protect people.

“We are guessing that might be around about August time – it might be before if cases do not decline as quickly as we expect, or be later if we run out of cases,” he revealed.

The Oxford trial began back in April and began recruiting up to 10,260 adults over 55 and children.

AstraZeneca has already agreed to supply 100 million doses of the potential vaccine to the UK.

It has also signed a massive $1 billion deal for a coronavirus vaccine with the U.S government.

The Anglo-Swedish firm will supply 400 million doses of the Covid-19 drug currently being developed by the University of Oxford.

The drug is still undergoing trials at the university’s Jenner Institute, which is working with the Oxford Vaccine Group on the project.

The order from US Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority comes after demands for from Donald Trump for a coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year, as part of program dubbed ‘Operation Warp Speed’.

There is no vaccine or treatment available for the virus but doctors around the world are testing current anti-viral drugs to see if they can deal coronavirus.

Coronavirus since its outbreak from the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 31 2019, has killed more than 300,000 people while over 4 million people have been affected globally.

Just In: Five staff of Multimedia Group test positive for Covid-19

Five employees of the Multimedia Group have tested positive for coronavirus.

The Ghana Health Service tested the five members of staff, who work in the company’s business offices in Accra.

Below is the full statement issued by the company

Multimedia Records Covid Case

This is to inform you that five (5) members of our team at our business offices in Accra who were contact traced and tested by the Ghana Health Service (GHS), have tested positive for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19).

The affected team members, who were all asymptomatic, have been isolated in line with case management protocols. Officials of the Ghana Health Service are monitoring them and we can report that they are all hale and hearty and are responding well to treatment.

As part of ensuring the safety and well-being of our team members and our guests and to minimise any potential for spread of the virus, we have ramped up internal contract tracing, in liaison with the Ghana Health Service. Together, we have ensured that team members who may have come into contact with the five (5) team members who tested positive have been tested and have gone into self-isolation for 14 days as required. In addition, all remaining team members are to be tested. Testing commenced on Monday, June 15, 2020.

Furthermore, thorough disinfection and deep cleansing of our studios, offices and facilities takes place on daily basis.

The measures, as indicated above, have been taken to enable us protect team members, guests and visitors to our studios and offices. The measures notwithstanding, we wish to encourage all team members and guests to observe the enhanced safety protocols we have put in place in all our offices and branches.

Be assured that we are working with health authorities to implement all safety measures as required while discharging our responsibility to the nation, our audience and advertisers even in these difficult times.

Kind regards,

The Multimedia Group

Covid-19 hits prisons, as Kumasi Central Prisons record first ca

The first novel coronavirus case has been reported at the Kumasi Central Prison in the Ashanti Region.

An inmate who was rushed to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) after he fell sick two weeks ago tested positive for the virus.

While on admission at the hospital, he was said to have started showing signs of the virus, causing health officials to test him for COVID-19.

Further details on the condition of the inmate and how the person contracted the virus have not been given yet.

A highly-placed source within the Prison who confirmed the case to said the officers who escorted the inmate to the hospital have however tested negative.

Already there are fears a lot more inmates within the facility may have contracted the virus considering the congestion at the Prison.

Officials of the facility are yet to speak on the matter, stating they want to seek clearance from higher authority before making any official statement.

Source: 3 News

Health Minister discharged from the hospital – Oppong-Nkrumah

Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, the Minister of Health, who tested positive for the novel Coronavirus , has been discharged from the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) where he was receiving treatment.

Speaking at a press briefing Monday evening, the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah disclosed that he had spoken to Kwaku Agyeman-Manu and he told him he was currently responding to treatment at home.

“He [Agyeman-Manu] is not physically sick but he is taking the medication he has been given and he is responding to treatment,” he said.

Mr. Agyeman-Manu was receiving treatment at the University of Ghana Medical Centre after contracting COVID-19 .

Earlier in a post on Facebook on Monday morning, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu expressed appreciation to President Akufo-Addo for his well-wishes after the president said Agyeman-Manu was infected with Covid-19 “in the line of duty” and was hospitalised last week.

“I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the President and all Ghanaians for your well wishes and prayers. By the grace of God, I’m responding to treatment,” he wrote in the Facebook post.

President Akufo-Addo during his 11th address to the nation on government’s fight against the Coronavirus pandemic in Ghana wished Agyeman-Manu a speedy recovery from COVID-19 .
“Let us wish our hardworking Minister for Health, Hon. Kwaku Agyeman Manu, MP for Dormaa Central, a speedy recovery from the virus, which he contracted in the line of duty, and is in a stable condition,” the President urged.

That mention by the president, cleared all doubt about the reason for the health minister’s admission.

Ghana’s current COVID-19 case count stands at 11,964 with 4,258 recoveries and 54 deaths as of Monday 15 June, 2020.

Shocking: Thieves Break Into COVID-19 Isolation Center In Wa

Thieves have broken into the Wa Municipal COVID-19 Isolation Center in the Upper West Region, making away with a mattress and a 32-inch television set.

Confirming the incident to Citi News , The Upper West Regional Health Promotion Officer, John Makpeh said that the unfortunate incident was reported to him by the municipal health promotion officer.

“Saturday, we were there with another team that came on monitoring with theWorld Health Organisation to monitor the facilities that we are using to house the COVID-19 patients in the region. We took them there and upon getting there, I realizedthat thieves had broken into the facility.”He said.

The Wa Municipal COVID-19 center was constructed by ActionAid Ghana, an NGO, and handed over to the Ghana Health Service about two months ago as a support in the fight against the pandemic.

Fear Grips Ghana’s Cabinet as Health Minister Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Coronavirus has forced more top officials into isolation after Ghana’s health minister, who has had frequent contact with President Akufo-Addo, tested positive, according to multiple sources.

Kwaku Agyemang Manu (MP) had been receiving treatment at the University of Ghana Medical Center in Accra, and is said to be in “stable condition.”
The Dormaa Central MP was reportedly admitted on Tuesday, a few weeks after he was elected to serve on a 34-member of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO). has gathered that top officials at the Health Ministry and in government, have been asked to self-isolate with their samples taken for testing.

The legislator is contesting unopposed in the Dormaa Central Constituency ahead of the ruling New Patriotic Party’s parliamentary primaries slated for June 20.

This also comes amid calls from the Minority in Parliament to shut down the House.
Leadership in Parliament had expressed frustration and helpless after some MPs and staff who tested positive for the virus still frequent the House.
The Speaker, Prof Aaron Mike Oquaye had also directed another COVID-19 testing for the lawmakers in the coming days.

Mayor for Sekondi-Takoradi Kobina Sam dies of Covid-19

The Mayor for the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly, Hon Kobina Kurentsir Sam, has passed on at the University of Ghana Hospital, has gathered.

A close aide to the mayor in an interview with Empire News’ Emmanuel Ohene-Gyan stated that his former Boss died of COVID-19.

The death of the mayor comes a few weeks after his personal driver tested positive for the novel Coronavirus.

The Mayor’s driver who’s name was unknown was put into isolation but the mayor continued to report to work despite calls for him to self-isolate.

Meanwhile, Ghana has recorded 498 new cases of COVID-19 taking the country’s total case count to 10,856.

The death toll still remains at 48 with recoveries shooting up to 3,921, the Ghana Health Service announced in its latest update.

Regional breakdown

Greater Accra Region – 6,791

Ashanti Region – 1,905

Western Region – 874

Central Region – 539

Volta Region – 212

Eastern Region – 204

Upper East Region – 128

Western North Region – 79

Oti Region – 47

Northern Region – 37

Upper West Region – 22

Bono East Region – 13

North East Region – 2

Savannah Region – 1

Bono Region – 1

Ahafo Region – 1

Source: Ghana/

Hairdressing Salons benefit from Weave Ghana Ltd donation to fight Covid19

200 Hairdressing Salons in the Greater Accra Region on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, benefitted from Weave Ghana Limited’s support, to help fight the deadly Coronavirus.

Weave Ghana Ltd, the leading Hair brand Producers in Ghana, collaborated with the Health Directorate of the Ministry of Health to present over 200 veronica buckets, 50 boxes of hand sanitizers and 40 boxes of hand Washing soap.

Dr. Mrs Anastasia Yirenkyi, Health Director of the Ministry of Health advised the hair dressers to abide by the safety and health protocols to curb the spread of the Virus.

National Sales Manager of Weave Ghana Ltd. Sahil Malik says, they seek to help protect the lives of those who patronize their brand.

“We need them to protect themselves and their clients as well to help the nation fight this deadly Pandemic. Once they’re safe, we’re assured of continuous patronage of our brand”.

Human Resource of Weave Ghana Ltd, Madam Linda Adjei, says, they are contributing to the Economy of Ghana by employing many Ghanaians.

Miss Angela Ayishetu Baba, Marketing Manager of Weave Ghana Ltd., adding her voice, urged Ghanaian women to keep patronizing their products.

President of the National Association of Beauticians and Hairdressers Mrs Joyce Lamptey, expressed her delight and appreciation to Weave Ghana Ltd. for the gesture and promised to let all their members abide by the Covid-19 protocols.

The Greater Accra President of the Ghana Hairdressers and Beauticians Madam Bernice Asante, who received the items on behalf of her members, expressed her sincere gratitude for the donation.

The short Presentation ceremony which happened at premises of the National & Regional Association of Beauticians at Kaneshie, also had in attendance the Youth Director of GOC & CEO of One On One Foundation, Ola Williams, who encouraged the beneficiaries to abide by all the Health Protocols.

After the presentation, the Team moved to Roji 1 Salon at Odorkor to scrub and demonstrate some health protocols.

By: Davis Nii Attuquaye Clottey

Stranded Ghanaians in UK to be evacuated on Wed, June 17

Ghana’s High Commission in London will on Wednesday, June 17, supervise the evacuation of Ghanaians who are willing to bear the cost of travel from the UK to Ghana.

The evacuees upon arrival in Ghana will undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine.

notice published by the High Commission on Wednesday, June 10, said interested persons would cover the cost of the 14-day mandatory quarantine with a possible extension to 21 days at either the Airport View Hotel, Alisa or Marriot Hotels.

It said the negotiated discounted rates for the hotels were GH₵500 at the Airport View Hotel and GH₵600 at the Alisa and Marriot Hotels. It added that eligible nationals who were willing to bear the cost of travel should submit their details to the Ghana High Commission by Friday, June 12.

Below is the full statement

Kindly refer to the High Commission’s earlier communication on the above and note that per directives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana, the evacuation exercise of Ghanaians who are willing to cover the cost of travel and mandatory quarantine will take place on 17th of June 2020. In preparation for the intended evacuation and to ensure a smooth exercise, interested applicants are to note the following:

Cost of airline ticket: the negotiated rate of fare with KLM from London SHOULD be paid directly to the airline which will contact ONLY passengers who fulfil all the requirements as set out in points (e) and (f);
Passengers who are already in possession of KLM or Airfrance return tickets will be allowed to use those tickets for the flight. Such passengers should furnish KLM with a copy of the return ticket;
Passengers are to carry the appropriate PPE ie. Face masks before boarding the flight;
There will be temperature checks before boarding;
All passengers are also to note that they will cover the cost of the mandatory 14-day quarantine with a possible extension to 21 days depending on individual cases. The cost of quarantine as indicated below PER NIGHT MUST be paid directly to a selected hotel before passengers are allowed to travel.


500GHC to include boarding, breakfast, lunch, dinner and water

600GHC to include boarding, breakfast, lunch, dinner and water

600GHC to include boarding, meals and water

NB: This should be paid directly to the hotel prior to departure from place of origin
Eligible nationals who are prepared to pay for their cost of travel to Ghana must submit their details specified below to the Ghana High Commission not later than close of day on Friday, 12th June 2020:

Passport Number
Telephone contact
Phone Numbers (U.K. & Ghana)
Attach copy of already existing KLM or Airfrance ticket
Attach evidence of payment for Flight
Attach evidence of hotel payment for cost of Quarantine
Current Location
Final destination in Ghana after quarantine

The above information should be sent to the following email addresses of the High Commission by close of day on Friday, 12th June 2020:

All applicants whose visas or travel documents have expired are to send enquiries to the same emails above.

For clarification ONLY, kindly contact the following numbers
Helpline 1 : 07472 430197
Helpline 2 : 07472 459102
For the avoidance of any doubt kindly note the following:
This exercise is ONLY targeted at those who have already submitted their particulars to the High Commission as earlier requested.

Passengers will ONLY be contacted by KLM after evidence of payment of hotel cost for mandatory quarantine.
The High Commission appreciates your urgent cooperation in this matter.

South Sudan vice-president recovers from Covid-19

South Sudan’s First Vice-President Riek Machar and his wife, Defence Minister Angelina Teny, have recovered from Covid-19, local media report.
Riek Machar tested positive for coronavirus three weeks ago

The two tested positive for coronavirus three weeks ago.

The Sudan Tribune newspaper quoted a statement from Mr Machar’s office as saying that he had been discharged on Saturday “having fully recovered”.

The statement further said the two government officials have been discharged after the second coronavirus confirmation tests conducted on them returned negative.

“The two leaders are therefore expected to resume their daily active public office duties anytime soon, hopefully by Monday, 8 June, 2020,” the newspaper quotes the statement as saying.

Editorial: Beyond Covid-19; What is Africa’s future after the pandemic?

The World Economic Forum (WEF) on May 11 suggested that there are three ways the Covid-19 pandemic could actually spark a better future for Africa. The three sparks that could light a flame include: strengthening the health sectors, rethinking social protection for the vulnerable and industrialisation.

Since most countries attained independence, leaders from virtually every African country have travelled abroad for medical services, leaving their people at the mercy of dilapidated health systems. Covid-19 brought forth the fact that during a pandemic African countries are on their own, and that the people and their leaders are in the same boat. That fact will undoubtedly force a rethink to prioritize investment in health systems.

With a large informal sector, issues like social protection for the vulnerable has never featured in policy frameworks but the pandemic has forced it into a top policy consideration. Indeed, WEF acknowledges Kenya and Equatorial Guinea as two African states that are offering excellent examples of countries that have regulated and put in place social protection systems that will survive and outlast our battle against this common enemy.

The crisis forced quick innovations, with some universities coming up with contraptions of ventilators. The WEF article noted that the continent’s poor pharmaceutical capacity has been a source of amazement to locals and foreigners alike. Bangladesh, a poorer country than many African countries, produces 97 percent of the national demand for medicines in contrast to Africa, which is almost 100 percent dependent on imports. Several other articles on post pandemic Africa that came out in May such as the McKinsey’s report, ‘‘Reopening and reimagining Africa: How the Covid-19 crisis can catalyse change’’, highlight similar opportunities presented by the crisis. The continent, therefore, must ride on the wave of creativity and innovation to build a sustainable manufacturing sector.

The people have proven the fact that they do not have to import some of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required mostly in the healthcare sector.

Already, Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) through the National Standards Council has in the recent past developed some specifications on critical care ventilators, reusable cloth masks and a standard on protective clothing for the purpose of building local capacity to mitigate against the pandemic.

The crisis has shown the critical importance of self-reliance that many of the simple imports that Africa imports from other countries should cease.

If the continent builds better supply chains, better value addition and reduced waste especially in food, Africa could easily be self-sufficient in food. The current food import bill of $35 billion according to Africa Development Bank could be converted into capital to develop a resilient manufacturing sector.

Unlike in the past, WEF has rightfully noted that African States are developing strategic and in-depth approaches to human development, regional integration, digitisation, industrialisation, economic diversification, fiscal and monetary policies, and international solidarity. In short, they are rethinking the causes of the continent’s underdevelopment and coming up with feasible solutions.

Africa’s underdevelopment is partly caused by failure to integrate trade within the continent. Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), noted in a recent article that the share of intra-African exports as a percentage of total African exports has increased from about 10 percent in 1995 to around 17 percent in 2017, but it remains low compared to levels in Europe (69 percent), Asia (59 percent), and North America (31 percent).

Africa’s internal market, not exports to other places, will matter more for the continent’s growth. It means that the growing digitalization will grow Africa-specific solutions such as mobile money just as China’s startups in the digital space have grown within a very short period of time.

The news about the delay of the start date from July 1, 2020 to next year does not reflect desire to see Covid-19 as a spark for a renewed Africa. The pandemic has opened African eyes that in a crisis most countries retreat to their core constituency. The continent must arise and invest in health systems, respond to emerging crises with innovation and seek to become self-reliant. Basic necessities like medicine, food and other essentials should be manufactured locally.

The launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area must be fast-tracked irrespective of the state that we are in, specifically the coronavirus pandemic, to ensure continental self-sufficiency.

Bill Gates said it’s hard to deny vaccine conspiracy theories involving him because they’re ‘so stupid’

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates said in a call with reporters Wednesday that it’s “almost hard to deny” the conspiracy theories surrounding him and vaccines “because it’s so stupid.”

Misinformation has been circulating in recent weeks falsely claiming that Gates is behind a plot to use vaccines to implant microchips in people.

When asked about a Yahoo News/YouGov poll showing that 28% of Americans, including 44% of Republicans and 50% of Fox News viewers, wrongly believe this, he said it’s “a little bit concerning.”

Gates, whose foundation pledged an additional $1.6 billion on Thursday toward vaccinating children in low-income countries, said misinformation hasn’t “held up” the global funding effort to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, but that it could make it harder to reach herd immunity if and when a vaccine is found.

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates denied and shrugged off baseless conspiracy theories about him being behind a plot to use vaccines to implant tracking microchips in people during a call with reporters on Wednesday.

“I’ve never been involved any sort of microchip type thing … It’s almost hard to deny this stuff because it’s so stupid or strange,” he said.

Gates has attempted to sound the alarm about the dangers of pandemics for years and urged world leaders, including then-president-elect Donald Trump in late 2016, to take stronger steps to prepare. He famously gave a TED talk in 2015 that warned of the potentially staggering death toll a worldwide pandemic could entail.

Citing that talk, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s $300 million commitment to fight COVID-19 and develop a vaccine, some right-wing fringe groups and pundits began spreading misinformation online in January that Gates is somehow behind the virus’ creation and wants to profit from it.”It is good to know which kids have had a measles vaccine and which have not,” Gates said, adding that “there are needed systems,” like health records that should be in place to help healthcare workers identify who has been immunized, but that no microchips are involved whatsoever.

“Our foundation gets money to buy vaccines,” he said. “That’s why we saw the risk of a pandemic and spoke out.”

Still, coronavirus-related Bill Gates conspiracy theories exploded on social media and TV: They were mentioned 1.2 million times in March and April, according to data provided to The New York Times by media intelligence firm Zignal Labs.

In a recent survey by Yahoo News and YouGov, 28% of Americans said they believed the conspiracy theory, while 44% of Republicans and 50% of Fox News viewers thought it was true. (By contrast, 61% of MSNBC viewers said it was false). When asked about the poll, Gates said he found it “a little bit concerning,” but said it hadn’t prevented governments and other groups across the globe from funding COVID-19 vaccine development efforts.

However, he did express some concern that, if and when a vaccine is found, anti-vaccine sentiment could make it harder to reach herd immunity — which occurs when enough of a population is immune to a pathogen that it prevents its further spread.

Gates also argued that when vaccines are ready to manufacture, they should be distributed first to countries with weaker healthcare infrastructure and where social distancing is less feasible. His foundation announced an additional $1.6 billion pledge over the next five years to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to immunize children in low-income countries.

“The world needs to work together to develop safe and effective vaccines and make sure that we scale up the manufacturing so we can get them out to those need them the most, not necessarily those who can pay the most,” he said.

The increased use of antibiotics in fighting COVID-19, could lead to more deaths – WHO reveals

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday, said the increased use of antibiotics in fighting COVID-19, could lead to more deaths.

WHO director-general, Tedros Ghebreyesus, speaking during a virtual press conference in Geneva, said a “worrying number” of bacterial infections were becoming increasingly resistant to the medicines traditionally used to treat them.

According to Ghebreyesus, the inappropriate use of antibiotics during the COVID-19 would further escalate the trend.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increased use of antibiotics, which ultimately will lead to higher bacterial resistance rates that will impact the burden of disease and deaths during the pandemic and beyond,” he said

The WHO noted that only a small percentage of coronavirus patients needed antibiotics to treat subsequent bacterial infections.

Ghebreyesus added that there was an “overuse” of antibiotics in certain parts of the world, while in some other countries, such life-saving medicines were unavailable, “leading to needless suffering and death”.

“Stay home, We can’t guarantee your safety” – Church tells members as it suspends gathering after ban partially lifted has sited a press release signed by The Senior Pastor of Destiny Empowerment Chapel International, Dr Bernard Taylor, directing all church members to stay at home, even though the president of the republic, H.E Nana Akufo-Addo has lifted the ban on religious activities, with caveat that only 100 maximum members can worship in an auditorium.

Below is the statement:

Ministry of Health rejects 9 FDA, CSIR approved medicines for Covid-19

The ministry of health, headed by Hon Kwaku Agyeman Manu has rejected nine herbal medicines which the Center for Scientific and industrial Research, out of the many product that were presented to them for Scientific Research to fight the deadly Covid-19, together with the Food and Drugs Authority have approved.

The Center for Scientific and Industrial Research earlier approved nine Herbal medicines, together with the Food and Drugs Authority and later presented to the Ministry for final approval for the medicines to be used on the Covid-19 patients, but the ministry has totally rejected all of them.

Meanwhile, Madagascar is reaching out to the FDA to scientifically test the efficacy of their herbal cure.

It is believed that we as a country are waiting for a vaccine which is yet to be discovered

Ghana’s Total confirmed cases = 8,070 (new cases = 189)
Total recoveries = 2,947
Total deaths = 36
Active cases = 5,087

Tullow Off-shore staff test positive for COVID-19

Ghana’s upstream oil and gas industry has been hit by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) following the confirmation of 57 new positive cases among workers on the Jubilee Field operated by Tullow Oil on Friday.

Last Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the first two cases were confirmed and an immediate contact tracing exercise was done and it led to the confirmation of an additional one case on Thursday, May, 28, 2020.

They are all asymptomatic.

The remaining 50 personnel onboard the KNK FPSO tested negative, according to a statement issued by Tullow Ghana on Friday, May 29, 2020.

The first cases were on the premier production platform, FPSO Kwame Nkrumah.

As part of contact tracing, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) tested personnel on board the contractor support vessel CSV Lancelot and that has led to the confirmation of 57 additional cases.

The management of Tullow have however explained that the development will not impact production, as those people identified, have already been isolated and are being managed.

Below is a copy of the statement


Following the report of 2 positive cases of COVID-19 by Tullow Ghana on 26 May 2020, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) confirmed on Thursday 28 May that contact tracing and testing of personnel onboard the Kwame Nkrumah (KNK) FPSO revealed 1 positive case of COVID-19.

The affected individual is in good health and has been medically evacuated from the KNK to an onshore isolation facility for monitoring.

The remaining 50 personnel onboard the KNK FPSO tested negative. Production on board the FPSO remains unaffected.

Also as part of contact tracing, GHS tested personnel on board contractor support vessel CSV Lancelot.

GHS has confirmed today, that 57 of the 200 personnel onboard the CSV Lancelot tested positive for COVID-19.

All affected personnel are being brought onshore for isolation and case management.

Tullow’s immediate concern is for the safety and well-being of personnel and the public, and to minimize any potential for spread of the virus. Enhanced social distancing is being enforced on both vessels and permanent restriction of movement between CSV Lancelot and KNK is in place.

Tullow Ghana reiterates its commitment to the WHO and GHS safety protocols and procedures to limit the risk of spreading Covid-19.

Donald Trump “terminates relationship” with the WHO and blames it for spread of “Wuhan virus” as he accuses it of failing to make reforms

President Donald Trump announced on Friday that the United States was terminating its relationship with the World Health Organization as he laid down the gauntlet against China.

‘We will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and directing those funds to worldwide and deserving, urgent global public health needs,’ he said during a press conference in the White House Rose Garden.

He blamed the move on China not being transparent enough about the ‘Wuhan’ virus, which is what he has called the coronavirus, and slammed Beijing’s over reach in Hong Kong.

Trump did not take questions at the Friday afternoon event, which the White House billed at a news conference. His less than 10 minutes of remarks were focused exclusively on the WHO, China and Hong Kong.

He ignored the other major news of the day: the death of George Floyd, the black Minnesota man who died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck. Trump’s tweets on the matter were muzzled by Twitter, which said they violated the company’s policy against ‘inciting violence.’ Trump had warned the ‘thugs’ protesting in Minneapolis he would send in the National Guard, adding that ‘looting leads to shooting.’

Trump tried to explain his words in another round of tweets shortly before his event – where reporters were expected to quiz him on it – by saying he was simply stating a fact and not making a threat.

He kept his event focused on China, but held back on announcing tough new sanctions on launching a full-scale trade war, keeping his punishment focused on the WHO.

‘China has total control over the World Health Organization, despite only paying $40 million per year compared to what the United States has been paying, which is approximately $450 million a year. We have detailed the reforms that it must make and engage with them directly, but they have refused to act,’ Trump said.

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu has defended his agency’s work and called for the world to come together to battle the coronavirus.

Trump has targeted China since he took office, starting a trade war with Beijing.

The president also has been a frequent critic of the WHO’s relationship with China, complaining the group didn’t do enough to push that country to release information about the coroanvirus, which was first detected in Wuhan.

China’s cover-up of the Wuhan virus allowed the disease to spread all over the world, instigating a global pandemic that has cost more than 100,000 American lives,’ he said.

Trump also announced Hong Kong’s role as a global financial center is at risk after China insisted on imposing a strict political crackdown of the territory.

‘I am directing my administration to begin the process of eliminating policy exemptions that give Hong Kong different and special treatment,’ he said.

‘We will be revising the state departments’ travel advisory for Hong Kong to reflect the increased danger of surveillance and punishment by the Chinese state security apparatus. We will take action to revoke Hong Kong’s preferential treatment as a separate customs and travel territory from the rest of China,’ he added.

The World Health Organization became a target of President Trump in his blame game as he points the finger for the devastating effects of the coronavirus – an economic down turn and over 100,000 American deaths – at everyone but his administration. Also feeling Trump’s fury has been China, the states, governors and the Democrats.

The president has called it ‘China-centric’ and complained they ‘missed the call’ when it came to the coronavirus.

Trump’s main beef with the United Nations health group is that leadership there said it wasn’t necessary to ban travelers coming in from China as the coronavirus started spreading beyond Wuhan, where it originated.

The president has bragged that his early ban of some travelers from China kept it from being a greater threat to the U.S.

Trump has followed the lead of prominent conservatives in complaining that the WHO has been too friendly to China during the coronavirus crisis.

The WHO is funded in two ways – through assessed contributions and voluntary contributions. The U.S. is its largest contributor.

The assessed contributions, which are like dues to the organization, are calculated by looking at a country’s wealth and population.

In its February budget proposal, the Trump administration called for slashing the U.S. contribution to the WHO in half from the previous fiscal year – from $122.6 million to $57.9 million.

While the U.S. pays the most in assessed contributions, that full pot of money has only accounted for less than 25 per cent of WHO’s haul over the past few years.

However, Americans NGOs and charity organizations, along with taxpayer dollars, do make up the biggest chunk of the WHO’s funding.

On January 31, the Trump administration announced travel restrictions on people coming from China due to the outbreak.

But WHO said such bans were not needed, noting that ‘travel bans to affected areas or denial of entry to passengers coming from affected areas are usually not effective in preventing the importation’ of coronavirus cases, but may instead ‘have a significant economic and social impact.’

And the group noted that ‘restricting the movement of people and goods during public health emergencies is ineffective in most situations and may divert resources from other interventions.’

‘Fortunately I rejected their advice on keeping our borders open to China early on,’ Trump tweeted in early April when he first began to target the WHO.

‘Why did they give us such a faulty recommendation?’ the president asked.

Coronavirus vaccine gets positive results in first human trial

The first COVID-19 vaccine to reach clinical trials in humans was determined to be both safe and generate an immune response against the virus — a “milestone” in the battle to defeat the deadly bug, a new study found.

A single dose of the vaccine was found to produce virus-fighting antibodies and T cells, a type of immune cell, two weeks after it’s administered, according to the peer-reviewed study, published Friday in the journal The Lancet.

“These results represent an important milestone,” the lead researcher on the study, Professor Wei Chen, said.

Producing both antibodies and T cells is an ideal result for a vaccine, the researchers said. A vaccine that does both not only triggers the body to produce virus-specific immune cells, but also supports the body’s innate immune response.

But the potential vaccine is far from being made available for widespread use. Further trials are needed to determine whether the vaccine effectively protects against infection — rather than just triggers an immune response to the virus.

“The challenges in the development of a COVD-19 vaccine are unprecedented, and the ability to trigger these immune responses does not necessarily indicate that the vaccine will protect humans from COVID-19,” Chen said.

“This result shows a promising vision for the development of COVID-19 vaccines, but we are still a long way from this vaccine being available to all.”

The study’s authors also noted that their research is limited because of its small sample size and short duration, and it also lacked a control group.

The study, conducted in Wuhan, China, by the Beijing Institute of Biotechnology tested different doses of the vaccine in 108 healthy adults who did not have the coronavirus.

The vaccine produced no serious adverse effects at all doses — and was tolerated well among the adults who took it, according to the research.

After two weeks, the vaccine produced virus-fighting antibodies across all dose levels, with the highest dose level triggering antibodies in 61 percent of those who took it.

A majority of participants also produced virus-fighting T cells two weeks after taking the vaccine, which were also greatest at the higher dose levels.

The Beijing Institute of Biotechnology’s vaccine is just one of dozens being studied around the world as public health authorities desperately search for a cure for the pandemic, which has already killed more than 94,000 people in the US alone.

Another promising experimental vaccine from Oxford University also reached a milestone Friday, with researchers announcing they will be progressing to advanced stages of human trials in more than 10,000 volunteers.

Final decision on reducing Covid-19 restrictions to be taken Friday – Osafo Maafo

The Senior Minister, Mr Yaw Osafo Maafo has hinted that the government will take its final decision on whether or not to reduce the restrictions in Ghana following the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on Friday, May 29, 2020.

Speaking Tuesday morning, he said there would be a meeting on Friday, after which the government will take its final decision on life after Covid-19 and the way forward.

The Senior Minister said almost all the identifiable groups who matter in this. “like the chiefs, the churches, have close discussions with us [gov’t] and a group of our [gov’t] experts continue these discussions.”

“On Friday, we’ll put all of this together and on best advice available we will make the various decisions. Don’t forget that, in New York today, they are reducing the restrictions, Germany is reducing the restrictions, France is reducing the restrictions, even in the US, they are reducing the restrictions, which means that we must find a way of restoring the economic life in one way or the other, bearing in mind the need to ensure the safety of our citizens,” Mr Osafo Maafo said.

Mr Osafo Maafo on Tuesday morning on behalf of the government received 10 pieces of ventilators from the Peewood Limited and Tema Bonded Terminal as a contribution to support the efforts in the handling and management of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in Ghana.

The ventilators which have the same specifications as those being ordered by the Ministry of Health (MoH) were handed over to the government by Mr Adu Arthur, Founder and CEO of Peewood Limited.

The donation is part of the corporate social responsibility of Peewood Limited.

The donors, Tema Bonded Terminal has provided a distribution list for the 10 ventilators.

They are:

GPHA International Maritime Hospital, Tema – 2 Ventilators

Tema Government Hospital, Tema – 1 Ventilator

Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital – 2 Ventilators

South Suntreso Government Hospital – 1 Ventilator

Sunyani Regional Hospital – 1 Ventilator

Ho Teaching Hospital – 1 Ventilator

Oda Government Hospital – 1 Ventilator

Yilo Krobo Municipal Health Directorate – 1 Ventilator

Zambia: Information Minister tests covid-19 positive, case tally at 920

Information Minister and chief government spokesperson, Dora Siliya

Zambia is one of southern Africa’s most impacted nations despite being way behind continent leader South Africa.

A lockdown imposed by President Edgar Lungu has since been relaxed following a continent-wide trend. This article will focus on major developments coming from the southern African country.

May 24: govt spokesperson tests positive

Information Minister and chief government spokesperson, Dora Siliya, confirmed testing positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. In a video posted on Twitter, she said she had gone into immediate self-isolation despite being asymptomatic.

“I have since alerted the ministry of health and I have given them all my contacts especially in the last 10 days,” she added. “Let us continue to observe social distancing, masking and washing our hands regularly,” she advised.

The World Health Organization’s Africa head reacting to the news today congratulated the Minister for being open about her status and wished herOver in South Sudan, the first vice-president and a number of ministers had earlier this week tested positive for the virus. Over in Nigeria three state governors have recovered from the virus – those in question are governors of Oyo, Kaduna and Bauchi.

Zambia virus stats as of May 24, 2020 at 13:00 GMT

Confirmed cases = 920

Deaths = 7

Recoveries = 336

Active cases = 577 20: Nakonde records more new cases

Nakonde, the border town with Tanzania continues to record more cases of the virus. It remains the most impacted town with a tally that far outstrips the capital Lusaka.

Nakonde recorded 47 new cases on Wednesday bringing its tally to 456. Which represents more than half of the national case count which stands at 832. Thirteen other new cases were spread between six other districts.

Active cases currently stand at 628 with recoveries up to 197 and seven deaths so far. The one-stop border post in Nakonde was closed last week by President Lungu amid a spike in cases.

May 14: Case spike continues with Nakonde leading

Zambia has more than doubled its COVID-19 figures from five days ago. 208 new cases took the case count to 654. Of the cases, 196 were in Nakonde, a border town with Tanzania and the other 12 in Chirundu.

The current tally of 654 means an increase of 387 cases within the last three days. As of May 10, the number of confirmed cases stood at 267.

  • May 14 = 654 cases (208 new cases), 7 deaths, 124 recoveries
  • May 13 = 446 cases (5 new cases), 7 deaths, 117 recoveries
  • May 12 = 441 cases (174 new cases), 7 deaths, 117 recoveries
  • May 11 = 267 cases (0 new cases), 7 deaths, 117 recoveries
  • May 10 = 267 cases, 7 deaths, 117 recoveries

The town of Nakonde was declared a hot spot by the Ministry of Health on May 10 leading to the closure of the frontier with Tanzania.

The Nakonde – Tunduma border post was launched in October 2019 at a ceremony attended by Presidents Lungu and Magufuli. Zambia opted to close it in order to better contain spread of virus in the area.

May 10: Closure of border with Tanzania

The Zambian government has announced the closure of its common border with Tanzania. On Saturday (May 9) 76 new cases were reported in Nakonde, the border town in question

The president directed that with effect from Monday 11th May, 2020; “the Nakonde border will be temporarily closed. There shall be no traffic in and out of Nakonde,” Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya announced at a COVID-19 press briefing on Sunday.

The measure is to facilitate the roll out of targeted interventions. During the time, immigration staff at the border will be trained and retrained on how to safely deal with entry of persons and goods.

Redeployments and reinforcements will also be undertaken, whiles Personal Protective Equipments and quarantine facilities and other key logistics will reinforced with the view to protect the lives of officials and the people of Nakonde.

Zambia’s case stats as of today stands at 267 confirmed cases with 117 discharges and 7 deaths. Tanzania on the other hand has 509 cases, 21 deaths and 183 recoveries, according to John Hopkins University tallies.

Tanzania’s overall response to the pandemic has been a mix of controversy. From president Magufuli casting doubts on the efficacy of test kits, refusal to implement measures such as curfew or lockdowns and reported cases of midnight burials.

The border in question is the Nakonde – Tunduma One Stop Border Post (OSBP) was launched in October 2019 at a ceremony attended by the two leaders. It is said to be one of the busiest crossing points in Southern Africa with an average traffic flow of 600 trucks per day.

The OSBP was touted as significantly reducing the time spent at the border from the average of 4 days at the time of launch to 1 day hence helping truck drivers and traders increase on their profit and save time.

“Once fully operation, the border will handle higher traffic levels which will in return improve competitiveness of the corridor resulting in increased trade volumes. Ultimately this infrastructure will promote border coordination making our shared border smart and efficient,” the Zambian leader said at the time.

May 8: Relaxation of lockdown measures

The president in an address to the nation on Friday announced the reopening of restaurants, gyms and casinos “as he calls on Zambian scientists to find local solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic,” local news portal Mwebantu reported.

However, bars and taverns were to remain closed until further notice. The president also reopened examination classes in schools beginning 1st June 2020. He stressed that all these measures should comply with public health measures aimed at containing and combating spread of the virus

The president also challenged Zambian scientists to help find local solution to the COVID-19 pandemic. He stressed the need for professionals to find local solutions to challenges and not always rely on foreign solutions.

“Without frequent training it’s very difficult for girls to come back fit” – Fabulous Ladies’ Gifty Azure

16-year-old Fabulous Ladies’ shot-stopper, Gifty Azure, has said Female players suffers the most, because without frequent training it’s very difficult for girls to come back fit.

She said she is doing her best at home to keep fit and not to gain too much weight, even though it’s very difficult as we all experience this ban on social gathering.

“I hope football come back again so that life, football and sports as a whole will bounce back to it’s normality,” she concluded in an exclusive interview.

How doctors delivered Covid-19 expectant mother in Western Region

A COVID-19 positive woman has been delivered of a bouncy baby girl at the Apinto Government Hospital in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality in the Western Region.

The baby was delivered via a Caesarean section by a medical team, led by a specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

The team, which was made up of doctors, nurses, midwives and anaesthetic, with support from cleaners, was confronted with the real life situation of saving the life of mother and child or ignore that for the fear of contracting COVID-19.

Narrating the operation to the Daily Graphic, the Medical Superintendent of the Apinto Government Hospital and Obstetrician/Gynaecologist, Dr Frank Baidoo-Ansah, said it was a critical moment in their lives as health workers.

“It was a life and death situation but we mustered courage and were strong-minded to overcome the understandable fear.

“Thankfully, professionalism won the day as we all came together and did what we know best to save both mother and baby,” he said proudly.

Vacuum delivery

Dr Baidoo-Ansah indicated that the pregnant woman (identity withheld) was already in an advance stage of her pregnancy when she tested positive for COVID-19 as a contact traced and was subsequently admitted to hospital for monitoring three weeks before the labour set in.

“The woman was actually at our treatment centre after she tested positive to COVID-19 and we have all along been taking care of her and were hoping that she would fully recover before going into labour, but that did not happen.

“C she began showing signs of being in labour, we started weighing the options; the entire team came together, assessed the situation and the verdict was: we had to do what would have been done in normal circumstances.”

“We monitored until she was fully dilated and to push the baby out but we realised that she was having difficulties pushing the baby out. We then decided to use a machine for vacuum delivery which proved unsuccessful, thus resorted to the final option, delivering her by surgery.”

Caesarean section

Dr Baidoo-Ansah said they quickly prepared a team and moved her from the labour ward to the theatre and all was done with such swiftness as they had to be well protected in full personal protective equipment (PPE) as well as ensure that they moved in real time to save both mother and baby.

“There was no time to waste as we immediately had to switch from the labour ward to the theatre for the surgical procedure.

“Being in the full PPE slows movement down a bit, but at that moment, there was no time to waste,” he said.

Dr Baidoo-Ansah said the joyous moment came after the team successfully performed the Caesarean section, which saw the delivery of a bouncy baby girl.

“The team usually commend one another for a good job done after each successful procedure, but this one was special and, instinctly, we all clapped to welcome the baby when she let out a cry, like every baby does once it was delivered.”

Proud achievement

Asked if it was a difficult moment for them to get that close to a known person with COVID-19, he said: “Yes, this is because this is a patient who has reported to our facility and we have been taking care of her for weeks before the day of delivery.

“We went into the process, fully prepared and well dressed and took extra precaution because we knew the risks were higher and the decision to go to theatre was also not an easy one as it took a lot of courage on the part of each member of the team to decide we took the risk,” he recalled.

He indicated that both the labour ward and the theatre were immediately disinfected by the cleaners to ensure that they were safe for usage.

He said as a medical superintendent in charge of the facility, he was very proud of the team that took the risk, saying, “we resolved, let’s do this and we did it. At that moment, the woman needed help and we had no option but to do it.”

“I must commend the team, from the professionals to the cleaners. Each one played his or her role well and I can report that the mother and the baby are doing well,” he added.

Asked if members of the team after the successful delivery were tested to ensure that they were not infected, the Medical Superintendent said smiling, “we are all safe, it was a call to duty, as a medical team, we test ourselves from time to time; I must say we are all safe.”

Mother progressing

Dr Baidoo-Ansah indicated that the mother was back at the isolation centre and was being given the needed care under all the prescribed protocols.

Knowing very well what was before them, the team took necessary precautions to ensure that they stayed safe before, during and after the procedure.

The medical team gave an assurance that there would be no mother-to-child transmission of COVID-19 since there were protocols to follow to ensure both were safe.

The mother, who has shown signs of recovery, will undergo the first of two post-recovery tests next week to confirm her status and progress.

WHO Finally congratulates Madagascar, supports the country’s Covid-19 herbal remedy

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has sent its congratulations to Madagascar on its efforts in finding a potential discovery of a coronavirus cure, a herbal remedy, called COVID Organics.

The health organisation mended fences with the Southern African country, on Wednesday following a virtual meeting between the country and Tedros Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the WHO.

Andry Rajoelina, the President of Madagascar stated that the WHO declared their support for COVID Organics, reports.

Rajoelina, who made this known via Twitter, said the United Nations specialised agency on global health expressed its support for the clinical observation of the ‘tonic’ touted as cure for coronavirus.

He said, “Successful exchange with Tedros Ghebreyesus who commends Madagascar’s efforts in the fight against COVID-19 and congratulates us for the discovery of COVID Organics.

“WHO will sign a confidentiality clause on its formulation and will support the clinical observations process in Africa.”

The Madagascar President said the meeting followed the invitation by WHO to register the drug for clinical trials in fighting the coronavirus, adding that his country would prove the effectiveness of the COVID Organics.

Madagascar sent consignments of the herbal drug made from Artemisia annua to African nations.

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, received the consignment apportioned to Nigeria from President Umaro Embaló of Guinea Bissau on Saturday, saying it would be subjected to scientific validation.

Ghana hits 6,096 Coronavirus cases, Gov’t eyes Madagascar ‘remedy’

Ghana’s case count passed 6,000 mark reaching 6,096 on Tuesday according to tallies released by the Ghana Health Service. The tallies showed that four regions had recorded increases: Greater Accra, Ashanti, Western and Central regions.

Meanwhile Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah says government has reached out to Madagascar to make available its supposed COVID-19 herbal remedy.

He stressed that the product will undergo strict testing by appropriate authorities in Ghana to prove the efficacy or otherwise before it will be administered if at all.

“We are considering it [the herbal cure]. We have reached out to them [Madagascar]. We have asked that it [should] be made available to us and like all drugs, it will be tested by FDA and in this case by the Center for Plant Medicine and if proven efficacious, we can recommend its use,” he said on state TV.

The ministry had earlier tweeted the minister as saying: “We have received the Madagascar cure for COVID-19 and we are testing it for efficacy.” The information was later clarified with the exact words of the minister.

Madagascar officially made donations to all 15 countries in the ECOWAS bloc. The donation was done through Guinea-Bissau who are distributing them to neighbouring countries; It is not known if they have as yet delivered Ghana’s consignment.

Total confirmed cases = 6,069

Total recoveries = 1,773

Total deaths = 31

Active cases = 4,292

Figures valid as of May 19, 2020

Madagascar’s Covid-19 ‘cure’ received by Ghana, its efficacy being tested

Ghana has received a herbal cure for Covid-19 developed in Madagascar, the Information Ministry has revealed.
An update from the Ministry said the drug is being tested for its efficacy.
We have received the Madagascar cure for Covid19 and we are testing it for efficacy – @konkrumah#AskTheInfoMinistry #Covid19
— Ministry of Information (@moigovgh) May 19, 2020
There has been pressure mounted on government locally to contact the African country for the medication after Andry Rajoelina, Madagascar’s President launched it in April.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has, however, not endorsed it.
The Organisation says there is no proof of a cure for Covid-19 after Madagascar’s President launched it.
The BBC also reported that Madagascar’s national medical academy (Anamem) cast doubt on the efficacy of the Covid-Organics.
It said it had the potential to damage people’s health as its “scientific evidence had not been established”.
The tonic is produced from the artemisia plant – the source of an ingredient used in a malaria treatment – and other Malagasy plants.
Ghana’s Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) would be expected to study the drug and give a recommendation on it.

UPDATES: Watch Madagascar President substantiating the 20million dollar WHO bribery claim, as more revelation pops up

In a shocking development the President of Madagascar has made a sensational claim that the WHO offered $20m bribe to poison COVID-19 cure. The herbal remedy called COVID-19 Organics made from Artemisia can cure COVID-19 patients within ten days said the President. He also raised the question that if it was a European country that had actually discovered this remedy, would there be so much doubt?
The President of Madagascar Andry Rajoelina has accused the World Health Organisation of a plot to have its COVID-19 Organics, the local African ‘cure’ for the virus poisoned. Rajoelina claims WHO offered a $20 million bribe to poisoned their medicine, Tanzania Perspective reported on the front-page of its 14th May edition.

The President of Madagascar believes the only reason the rest of the world has refused to treat Madagascar’s cure for the coronavirus with urgency and respect is that the remedy comes from Africa.
WHO Offered $20M Bribe To Poison COVID-19 Cure says the President of Madagascar as reported by Tanzania Perspective

In an interview with French media, President Rajoelina reportedly said he has noticed what he believes stems from usual condescension toward Africans.

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“I think the problem is that (the drink) comes from Africa and they can’t admit… that a country like Madagascar… has come up with this formula to save the world.”
“What is the problem with Covid-Organics, really? Could it be that this product comes from Africa? Could it be that it’s not OK for a country like Madagascar, which is the 63rd poorest country in the world… to have come up with (this formula) that can help save the world?”
“If it wasn’t Madagascar, and if it was a European country that had actually discovered this remedy, would there be so much doubt? I don’t think so,” said Africa’s youngest head of state, the President of Madagascar Andry Rajoelina.
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The remedy, COVID Organics, is made from Artemisia, a plant imported into Madagascar in the 1970s from China to treat malaria. Artemisia has had proven success against malaria and according to President Rajoelina it can cure COVID-19 patients within ten days.

However, the WHO has criticized such natural therapeutic measures against the coronavirus as blind faith. In response to the skepticism with which the WHO is treating the COVID Organics, Rajoelina said, “No country or organisation will keep us from going forward.”
A host of other African countries including, Tanzania, Guinea-Bissau, DR Congo and Niger, have imported the Madagascan made recipe.
Based on intercepted human intelligence report, a controversy has erupted in Nigeria whereby #BillGates is accused of offering Nigerian House of Representatives a $10 million bribe for the speedy passage of a forced vaccination program for #Coronavirus.
— GreatGameIndia (@GreatGameIndia) May 12, 2020
Meanwhile, in yet another African nation Nigeria, Bill Gates has been caught bribing forced Coronavirus program. Based on an intercepted human intelligence report, a controversy has erupted in Nigeria whereby it is revealed that Bill Gates offered $10 million bribe for a forced vaccination program for Coronavirus to the Nigerian House of Representatives.
The opposition political parties rejected the “foreign-sponsored Bill” mandating the compulsory vaccination of all Nigerians even when the vaccines have not been discovered and demanded the Speaker be impeached if he forces the bill on members.
Just a couple of days later, an Italian politician demanded the arrest of Bill Gates in the Italian parliament. Sara Cunial, the Member of Parliament for Rome denounced Bill Gates as a “vaccine criminal” and urged the Italian President to hand him over to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. She also exposed Bill Gates’ agenda in India and Africa, along with the plans to chip the human race through the digital identification program ID2020.
Looks like WHO’s days in Africa are over. Days after Tanzania kicked WHO out of the country, now Burundi becomes the second African country to expel entire WHO #Coronavirus team from his nation for interference in internal matters.
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The Madagascar controversy has erupted days after Tanzania kicked out WHO after Goat and Papaya samples came COVID-19 Positive. With the rise in false Coronavirus cases, the Tanzanian President John Magufuli growing suspicious of the World Health Organization (WHO), decided to investigate the claims himself.
He sent the WHO samples of a goat, a papaya and a quail for testing. After all 3 samples came COVID-19 positive, the Tanzanian President is reported to have kicked out WHO from the country.
Following the Tanzanian lead Burundi also kicked out entire WHO Coronavirus Team from the country for interference in internal matters. In a letter addressed to WHO’s Africa headquarters, the foreign ministry says the four officials must leave by Friday.
Looks like WHO’s days in Africa are over!

London-Base NGO, “Speak Out” donates to widows in Nungua

Speak Out (Breaking the silence of Abuse) is a Non Governmental Organization base in London, Raising Awareness & Providing support, Childhood Abuse, Domestic Violence and Mental Health, Speak Out believes together we will rise and raised other.

Founder/President of this noble organization is Ruth Nana a.k.a Ruthy a Ghanaian base in the UK.

Founder/CEO of Speak Out
Ruth Nana Aka Ruthy

Due to the current pandemic issues in the world regrading Covid-19. Life had never be the same for less fortunate families and widows. So she decided with her team here in Ghana to donate to Five (5) widows here Ghana.

The team moved to the first widow called Daavi who resides at Cocoa Beach Nungua in Accra.

Daavi had been a widow for the pass 4years with fours (4) children, the team interogated Daavi the widow of how life moves for her.

Then after, the team donated to her some items Bags of rice, Bags of satchet water, Bread, Milo, Nido, Gari, Sugar and Cooking Oil to ease daily bread.

From there, the Speak Out team moved to the next widow called Mrs Juliet a hairdresser, who also resides at Cocoa beach (i.e about 5km from the first widow). She also narrated how her husband died and left her behind three (3) children with no accommodations , Family members had forsaken them, so they have to sleep in her neighbors hairdresser shop.

Additional, the team donated to her some items Bags of rice, bags of satchet water, Bread, Milo, Nido, Gari, Sugar and Cooking Oil to support her and the kid’s.

The team got to 3rd widow called, Madam Doris, apparently couldn’t to share her story because tears was all over, but the team manage to sympathise with her and she share her story.

She also spoke about accommodations issues since her husband pass away, it had been a tough tasks for her and the two children. The team donated the same items to her.

Moreover, the team continued the trip to donate to the fourth widow called Mrs. Naomi a 65yrs Old widow, with three (3) children and seven (7) grandchildren, in Madam Naomi case her issues was critical, because she couldn’t walk, her condition regards to her health was popes and asked the team to help support with her hospital bills. The team promised her to return with a feedback to help her critical condition. They donated some few items to her.

And lastly, the team visited Madam Cordelia at Lashibi-Accra many calls her the Good Samaritan, She recused three(3) Kids from the street of Accra-Spintex road. These kids usually beg at the pedestrian with their Dad who legs was amputated due a car accident, because of his situation, her wife left him and left the three kids behind, for this man to take care of them. So this situation made the man go to beg on the street to take care of his (3) three children, the oldest was 7yrs(Male), the second born was 5yrs old (Female) and the last born was just 2yrs Old yrs (Male).

Eventually a years after the mother of these children left their Daddy. The man one day fell ill and pass away at the hospital. This was were Madam Cordelia notices they don’t come to the street along with their Daddy, she investigated and heard the story. She then agreed to pick these children to her home.

So the Speak Out team visit her and the three (3) orphans and donated Bags of Water, Bags of rice, Cooking Oil, Gari, Sugar, Milo, Nido and some toiletries.

The team were able to put smiles on their face, gave them hope and a promising future of returning frequently to support them.

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“WHO offered me 20million dollars to put a little toxic in my Covid-19 remedy” – Madagascar President exposes WHO

Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina has allegedly declared that the World Health Organization, WHO offered him $20,000,000 to put a little toxic in their remedy for coronavirus as the Europeans hacked their Remedy.

Andry Rajoelina says: “People be vigilant, the World Health Organization that we have joined by thinking that it will help us, is there to kill Africans.”

“My country Madagascar has found a cure for coronavirus but the Europeans have told me a proposed $20,000,000 to put toxins in this remedy to kill my African friends who will use it. I ask all Africans not to use their coronavirus vaccine, because it’s killing, come to Madagascar you who are sick, my country is ready to receive you with enthusiasm, our remedy is in yellow color, do not buy the one of the green color, the one of the green color comes from Europe, the Europeans hacked our remedy, they have put poisons to kill only the Africans as they wanted with the vaccines that we protest.” He added

“Please share this message because it is urgent, they hacked our medicine, I want all the Africans to know it, please do not keep this message with you, share!” He concluded

55 COVID-19 patients recover in Madagascar after treatment with ‘herbal drug’

At least 55 COVID-19 patients in Madagascar have recovered after being treated with the country’s herbal remedy for the disease.
The number of COVID-19 patients said to have been “cured” with the drug — which is bottled as herbal tea — rose after three recoveries were announced on Saturday.

According to L’Express de Madagascar, the patients were among those that were administered the drug known as COVID-Organics since it was launched in April.

It did not state if there was any supplementary treatment, but reported that “treatment of (COVID-19) patients has been based” on the drug since it was introduced.

“The same day that the CVO herbal tea was launched, two coronavirus patients who consumed it came out cured,” L’Express de Madagascar reported.

“Until yesterday, fifty-five people have been declared cured since the adoption of CVO herbal tea treatment twenty days ago.”

It added that to aid the fight against COVID-19, the drug is being distributed freely in parts of the country.

Launched on April 20, the COVID-Organics was developed by the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research (IMRA). Its main ingredient is said to be sweet wormwood (Artemisia annua), a plant of Asian origin from where the antimalarial drug, artemisinin, came.
Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelinasaid at the launchthat the effectiveness of the drug has been proved.

“All trials and tests have been conducted and its effectiveness in reducing the elimination of symptoms has been proven for the treatment of patients with COVID-19 in Madagascar,” Rajoelina had said.

COVID-Organics is now beingdistributed to some African countries, and Nigeria hinted it might ask for the drugas well.

But the herbal remedy has remained a subject of controversy Madagascar’s national medical academy had cast doubt on its efficacywhile the World Health Organisation (WHO) continues to warn against the use of any unapproved drug.

Of the 193 COVID-19 cases so far recorded in Madagascar,101 have recoveredwhile none has died.

All the Covid-19 Symptoms You Didn’t Know About

As the pandemic spreads around the world, doctors are beginning to scope the coronavirus’s damage. Seen initially as a cause of viral pneumonia during the chaos of an explosion of cases in China, it’s now emerging as an enigmatic pathogen capable of harming the body in a myriad of unexpected, and sometimes lethal, ways. Clinical manifestations range from common cold-like symptoms and bronchitis to more severe disease such as pneumonia, severe acute respiratory distress syndrome, multi-organ failure and even death. The illness may occur as a direct result of viral infection, as well as the body’s response to it. Here’s a snapshot of some of the symptoms Covid-19 causes, including some you might not have heard about.

Blood— fever and inflammation may disrupt blood vessels, rendering blood cells more prone to clumping while interfering with the body’s ability to dissolve clots. That may trigger a clotting cascade that can lead to blood-vessel blockages in tissues and organs throughout the body. Life-threatening clots in the arteries of the lung, known as pulmonary emboli, may occur even after symptoms of the infection have resolved. Damaged blood vessels may become leaky and prone to bleeding. In children, inflammation of veins and arteries triggered by excessive immune activation may cause an illness similar to Kawasaki disease, an inflammatory disorder.

Brain— dysfunction in the lining of blood vessels and associated bleeding and clotting disorders may cause strokes and bleeding in the brain. Patients may also experience headache, dizziness, confusion, impaired consciousness, poor motor control, delirium and hallucinations.

Eyes— red, puffy eyes, sometimes referred to as pink eye, may result from infection in the conjunctiva, the tissue that lines the inside of the eyelids and covers the white part of the eye.

Gastrointestinal tract— infection of cells lining the digestive tract may cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Blood-vessel blockages caused by abnormal clotting have been found to damage the bowel, requiring emergency surgery and resection.

Hands— prickling or burning sensation in the hands and limbs may indicate Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare nervous-system disorder that may be triggered by aberrant immune responses to viral infection. Other symptoms of the syndrome include poor coordination, muscle weakness and temporary paralysis.

Heart— cardiac injury, sometimes leading to irregular heartbeat, heart failure, and cardiac arrest, may occur as a result of excess strain, inflammation of the heart muscle and coronary artery, blood clots, and overwhelming multi-organ illness. Infection, fever, and inflammation in people with existing heart-vessel blockages may cause their fatty plaques to break off, blocking or stopping blood flow in organs and tissues.

Limbs— obstructions in large blood vessels may cause insufficient flow, or acute ischemia, in the limbs. Severe vascular complications can be lethal. At least one reported cases resulted in lower limb amputation.

Liver— liver dysfunction may occur as a direct result of the viral infection, or more likely because of immune-mediated, systemic inflammation and circulatory blockages cutting blood flow to the organ.

Lungs— the virus targets the epithelial cells that line and protect the respiratory tract as well as the walls of the tiny grape-like air sacs, or alveoli, through which gas exchange occurs to oxygenate the blood. Damage to alveoli and inflammation in the lungs can cause pneumonia, characterized by chest pain and shortness of breath. In severe cases, the lack of oxygen can trigger acute respiratory distress syndrome, leading to multi-organ-system failure.

Kidneys— acute kidney injury may result from clots and impaired blood supply, or as a direct result of infection.

Nose and tongue— while the virus can cause the sneezing and runny nose typical of a common cold, it can also disrupt the olfactory system, causing an abrupt full or partial loss of the sense of smell known as anosmia. Taste may also become distorted in a condition known as dyguesia.

Skin— hive-like rashes, small red dots and purplish discolorations on the legs and abdomen are part of a complex category of so-called paraviral dermatoses that may result from the body’s immune response to the virus or from benign, superficial blood-vessel damage beneath the skin.

Toes— purple rashes that resemble chickenpox, measles or chilblains may appear on the feet, especially of children and younger adults.

“I will disregard wearing of Facemask” – Sam George touts

Member of parliament for Ningo-Prampram, Sam George has given indication he will disregard calls for him to wear Facemask, so long as President Nana Akufo Addo doesn’t wear one. The wearing of a Facemask has been advocated as one of the best ways of halting the spread of the virus.

In a Facebook post on May 12, Sam George alleges that the president appeared in public without wearing Facemask. He went on to accuse the president of not leading my example. But when a commentator averted his mind for appearing in public without Facemask, the Ningo Prampram MP, who has gained notoriety for being associated with issues that have little or no impact on his constituents, said he was just taking a lesson from the President.

“I am following the President’s footsteps. I would continue to disregard the call to wear face masks until the President does same.”

Ironically, Sam George’s decision not to wear Facemasks was days before the issue of the president not wearing Facemasks became an issue. He was alleged to have invaded a premises in Accra, where the EC was holding a program for its staff.