Nurses at Ashaiman polyclinic in hot waters for stealing PPEs

The Ashaiman District Police is currently investigating suspected stealing of facemask and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) by some nurses at the Ashaiman polyclinic

The case was officially reported by one Foster Bampoe, an opinion leader in the area, and a failed Assembly Member aspirant to the police after spotting the items being carted away from the facility.

At about 4pm on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, the complaint said he saw one nurse carting some boxes believed to contain the items from a room in the hospital which is close to a container and started monitoring the development.

According to him, he suspected thievery and therefore started taking pictures and videoing the incident in order to have strong evidence to present to the police for investigations

Foster told the police that the nurse who was doing the suspected deal after carting the face masks which were in boxes called an okada rider and took six of the boxes and gave them to him to send them to someone he called on the phone

Continuing, he said he accosted the nurse and subjected him to queries but was fumbling and therefore reported the case to the police.

Whilst at the police station, three officials of the hospital came in and wanted to see the crime officer and the District Commander but the complaint insisted on being part of the meeting.

The items are currently in the custody of the police who confirmed the incident to



Covid-19: “If it were an European country which had discovered this remedy, would there be so many doubts,” – Madagascar Blast WHO For Not Endorsing Its Herbal ‘Cure’

President Rajoelina said World Health Organisation (WHO) has shut eyes because a drug to combat COVID-19 has been discovered by a poor African country.

Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina has slammed the World Health Organization for not endorsing its COVID-19 herbal cure.

Last month, the Malagasy president officially launched COVID-Organics (CVO), an organic herbal concoction, claiming that it can prevent and cure patients suffering from the novel coronavirus.

“If it were a European country which had discovered this remedy, would there be so many doubts,” he said in an exclusive interview with France 24, Paris-based international television news network and Radio France International.

”The problem is that it comes from Africa. And they cannot accept that a country like Madagascar, which is one of the poorest countries in the world, has discovered this formula to save the world,” he added.

The World Health Organization (WHO) had warned against the use of CVO without any medical supervision and cautioned against self-medication. The WHO further said that they have not approved the concoction for the patients suffering from COVID-19.

On Thursday, the WHO, however, has called for clinical trials of CVO.

“COVID-Organics is a preventive and curative remedy against COVID-19, which works very well,” said President Rajoelina.

He attributed recovery of 105 COVID-19 patients in Madagascar to the herbal potion.

“A marked improvement was observed in the health of the patients who received this remedy just 24 hours after they took the first dose. The cure was noted after seven days, even ten days. This remedy is natural and non-toxic,” he said.

Madagascar has donated CVO, which is claimed to cure the COVID-19 to several African countries.

Last week, the African Union in a statement said it is talking with Madagascar to obtain technical data regarding the safety and efficiency of the herbal remedy.

Coronavirus: Madagascar President Rajoelina hits out at tonic ‘detractors’

Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina has said criticism of an untested herbal tonic that he is touting as a treatment for Covid-19 shows the West’s condescending attitude towards Africa.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned against using untested remedies.

Mr Rajoelina’s tonic has not gone through clinical trials.

The African Union has also said it wanted to see the scientific data on the “safety and efficacy” of the product, known as Covid-Organics.

“If it was a European country that had actually discovered this remedy, would there be so much doubt? I don’t think so,”Mr Rajoelina said in an Interview with French news channel, France 24.

Madagascar has reported 193 Covid-19 cases and no deaths.

The tonic was tried out on fewer than 20 people over three weeks, a presidential aide told the BBC, when the product was first launched last month – which is not in line with WHO guidelines on clinical trials.

Image captionUntil a vaccine is found, the WHO says testing and contact tracing is the best way to contain the virus

Despite the reservations, several African countries, including Nigeria, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea and Liberia, have already ordered Covid-Organics, which is produced from the artemisia plant – the source of an ingredient used in a malaria treatment – and other Malagasy plants.

WHO has said Africans deserved access to medicines that have gone through proper trials even if they are derived from traditional treatments.

In the television interview, Mr Rajoelina said “African scientists… Should not be underestimated.”

But there is no peer-reviewed data to show that Covid-Organics is effective.

A meeting of 70 experts on African traditional medicine has agreed that clinical trials for all medicines must be carried out, the WHO’s Africa region has tweeted.

There has also been warning from experts that the drink could give people a false sense of security which could lead people to expose themselves to the virus.

Last week, more than $8bn (£6.5bn) was pledged to help develop a coronavirus vaccine and fund research into the diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

Dozens of research projects trying to find a vaccine are currently under way across the world.

Most experts think it could take until mid-2021, about 12-18 months after the new virus first emerged, for a vaccine to become available.

Several African countries acted swiftly in trying to prevent the spread of coronavirus by imposing lockdowns or curfews. But these are now beginning to be lifted as governments try to balance health and economic interests.

The easing of the lockdowns has added urgency to the need to find treatments

Good News as Paapa Owusu Ankomah recovers from Coronavirus infection in UK

Ghana’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ireland, Paapa Owusu Ankomah has recovered after being infected with the novel Coronavirus.

Making the announcement today, Tuesday, May 12, 2020, Mr. Ankomah described his recovery as a blessing from the “horrific effects” of COVID-19.

Paapa Owusu Ankomah was in April 2020 diagnosed with the virus and was said to be in “stable condition” despite reports that he was receiving treatment at the intensive care unit at a hospital.

But a statement from the diplomat said he is now free from the virus.

“I am reaching out to you today as the world fights a significant battle against the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). As most of you are aware, I tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to the Royal Free Hospital, London, in April 2020. I count myself blessed to be counted among the living today based on my recovery from the horrific effects of the virus.”


Paapa Owusu Ankomah also expressed appreciation to the government and President Nana Akufo-Addo for what he said was the ‘compassion’ shown towards him during the trying moments

“I extend my deepest gratitude to the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who continued to show compassion during those difficult times. I am also humbled to know that I can count on the continued support of the Minister for Foreign Affairs 86 Regional Integration of Ghana, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey (MP), in many ways, particularly for the direction she gave to the High Commission to manage matters.”

He also extended similar appreciation to well-meaning Ghanaians who through thick and thin expressed concerns and poured out their well-wishes to him.

“I am grateful to all for the prayers and well wishes to me, my family, and staff of the High Commission during the difficult moment of recovery. Words cannot express the depth of our gratitude and I am fortunate to know that I have the concern of each and every one of you.”

After it was reported that Paapa Owusu Ankomah had contracted COVID-19, former British High Commissioner to Ghana and Director of COVID-19 operations at the UK’s Foreign Office, Jon Benjamin sent out a message to wish Mr. Ankomah a “speedy and complete recovery.”

The High Commission of Caribbean country Belize, in London also tweeted on Sunday wishing the Ghanaian diplomat a full and speedy recovery.

Former Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Peter Mac Manu also took to Twitter to extend his well-wishes to the former Minister of State and Attorney General. He also called for prayers for him.

Full text: Prez Akufo-Addo’s 9th address to the nation on Covid-19 crisis; In case you missed it

Fellow Ghanaians, good evening. It has been eight (8) weeks since our nation embarked on a co-ordinated, enhanced response towards combating the Coronavirus pandemic, after we recorded our first two (2) confirmed cases. We have taken the necessary measures of aggressively tracing, testing, isolating and treating infected persons and their contacts, as a means of containing the spread of the virus amongst the population.
Measures such as the temporary partial lockdown of Accra, Tema, Kumasi and Kasoa, the adherence to enhanced hygiene and social distancing protocols, the ban on public gatherings, and the closure of our schools and our borders have imposed considerable difficulties on all of us. But, I am heartened that we appreciate that they are essential to save lives and livelihoods, and I thank all of you for your continuing co-operation.
As at Wednesday, 6th May, a total of one hundred and thirty five thousand, nine hundred and two (135,902) tests had been conducted, with our country’s total number of confirmed cases standing, at the time, at three thousand, and ninety-one (3,091), with three hundred and three (303) recoveries, and, sadly, eighteen (18) deaths. On Thursday, 7 th May, fourteen thousand and forty-six (14,046) more tests were conducted, and this included the clearing of the last set of backlogs. Our total confirmed cases, then, rose to four thousand and twelve (4,012) positives, i.e., nine hundred and twenty-one (921) new cases.
Our recoveries stood at three hundred and twenty-three (323), eight (8) persons were critically ill, and deaths still at eighteen (18). It is important to stress that five hundred and thirty-three (533) out of the nine hundred and twenty-one (921) new cases recorded between last Wednesday and Thursday are factory workers from a fish processing factory 2 located in Tema. All five hundred and thirty-three (533) persons were infected by one (1) person. Again, let me reiterate that these new nine hundred and twenty-one (921) cases were from backlogs dating as far back as 26th April, and not necessarily over a twenty-four (24) hour window.
The coming on stream of seven (7) more testing facilities across the country, to complement the efforts of the Noguchi Research Institute, the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research, and the National Public Health Reference Laboratory at the Korle-bu Teaching Hospital, have meant that we have been able to clear all the backlog of tests, and the reporting on the cases of infections since Friday, 8th May, is now current. On Friday, a total of five thousand, two hundred and fifty-three (5,253) tests were conducted, with two hundred and fifty-one (251) positives. On Saturday, two thousand, two hundred and fifty-five (2,255) tests were conducted, with two hundred and sixty-six (266) found to be positive. For today, Sunday, a total of three thousand and forty-five (3,045) tests have been done, with one hundred and sixty (160) testing positive.
These relatively lower daily numbers of infections are welcome, and reinforces the fact that the measures instituted to help reduce person-to-person contact, and help defeat the pandemic are working. So, as at today, Sunday, 10th May, the country has conducted a total of one hundred and sixty thousand, five hundred and one (160,501) tests, with our total number of infections standing at four thousand, seven hundred (4,700), with four hundred and ninety-four (494) recoveries, five (5) persons being critically ill, and four thousand, one hundred and seventy-nine (4,179) persons responding to treatment.
Twenty-two (22) persons, virtually all of them with underlying illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes and chronic liver disease, have unhappily died. We must understand that the more people we test for the virus, the more persons we will discover as positive, and, thus, have the opportunity to isolate and treat them. If you do not test people for the virus, you will not find the persons who are positive, let alone isolate them from the population and treat them, and prevent them from spreading the virus. Indeed, had we 3 not been proactive in undertaking enhanced contact tracing of infected persons, and had relied solely on testing persons who reported to hospital, which is the practice followed by some other countries, i.e. routine testing, our total case count would have stood at one thousand, four hundred and thirteen (1,413).
The other three thousand, two hundred and thirty-two (3,232), i.e. two-thirds (⅔) of the population of positives, would have been undetected, and still be within the population, unknowingly infecting others. I know some political actors will want you to believe that our current numbers represent a failure on the part of Government. Do not begrudge them. They need to make such comments for their political survival. On the contrary, we must be emboldened in the knowledge that the four thousand, seven hundred (4,700) persons infected, so far, with the virus, have been identified, taken out of the population, isolated and are being treated.
The implementation of our strategy of aggressively tracing, testing and treating is our surest way of rooting out the virus. This early identification of persons with the virus ensures that they do not spread the virus to others; we are provided with the opportunity to treat them; and it helps us to understand better the dynamics of the virus. The rapid implementation of all of our policies has resulted in our low infection, hospitalisation and death rates, some of the lowest in Africa and the world. We, certainly, must be doing something right in Ghana. Our country has administered more tests per million people than any other country in Africa, and, in fact, the World Health Organisation has reached out to us to share our sample pooling experience with other African countries, so they can adopt this strategy and also ramp up their testing capabilities.
It is, thus, vital that we continue to maintain the measures of enhanced hygiene and social distancing protocols to contain the spread of the virus, as they are the surest way to a quick return to a life of normalcy. All stakeholder bodies I have interacted with over the last three (3) weeks, in the health, labour, religious, chieftaincy, educational, hospitality, tourism and creative arts sectors, share in this opinion, because, collectively, we believe they are essential for our very survival. These groups are also being engaged on the way forward towards the easing of these restrictions, so that our social and economic lives can go back to normal, whilst protecting lives at the same 4 time. Soon, those engagements will enable us to design a clear roadmap for the easing of restrictions.
In my address to workers and the nation on May Day, I announced the extension of the closure of our borders for one more month as the means to continue halting the importation of the virus into our country. Tonight, I have come into your homes to announce that the ban on public gatherings, as set out in E.I 64, has been extended also to the end of the month, i.e. 31st May. So, during this period, there will continue to be a ban on public gatherings, such as the holding of conferences, workshops, parties, nightclubs, drinking spots, beaches, festivals, political rallies, religious activities and sporting events. All educational facilities, private and public, continue to remain closed. There is still a ban on funerals, other than private burials conducted with not more than twenty-five (25) persons.
It is noteworthy that the Police are arresting and prosecuting persons, irrespective of their status in society, who flout these regulations. We cannot allow a few persons, for their narrow, selfish interests, to jeopardise the health, well-being and safety of the larger population. If you fall foul of the law, you will face its full rigours. Fellow Ghanaians, I, like you, would love to see an end to these restrictions. I know the difficulties each and every one of you has been through over the last two months. You have had to alter completely your way of life; you have had to stay at home, except for specified purposes; you cannot travel outside the country; you cannot go to Church, and you had to cancel activities usually associated with Easter; in this Holy Month of Ramadan, our Muslim brothers and sisters are having to pray at home, instead of congregating at the Mosque, and foregoing the public celebration of the Eid; parents are having to bear the extra burden of providing care for their children who, instead of being in school, are currently at home; operators of trotros, taxis, buses, markets, hotels, restaurants, bars and nightclubs have lost the patronage of their clients, and, as a result, lost much needed incomes; significant numbers of people have, unfortunately, lost their jobs because of the impact of the virus on our economy; most of us want to hang out with our families, friends and loved ones in a social setting, but cannot.
Uncomfortable as these restrictions have been, we have no option but to stay the course. We can only guarantee the safety of each other if we continue to adhere to them. As I have said before, these restrictions cannot and will not be a permanent feature of our lives, and, shortly, I hope to announce the steps for, systematically, easing the restrictive measures to bring us back to normality. Each one of us, however, can help to speed up this process if we continue to practice the measures of social distancing, washing our hands with soap under running water, refraining from shaking hands, and, wearing our masks whenever we leave our homes. These measures must be respected by all.
We do this not just for ourselves, but also to lessen the workload on our health workers, who continue to be at the forefront of caring for those affected by the virus, and caring for the sick in general. On our part, in addition to the incentive package instituted for all healthcare workers, Government has so far distributed the following to healthcare facilities across the country: four million, two hundred and forty thousand, seven hundred and nineteen (4,240,719) gloves; two million, five hundred and seventy six thousand, three hundred and thirty three (2,576,333) nose masks; sixty thousand, eight hundred and twenty-three (60,823) goggles; sixty thousand, one hundred and thirty two (60,132) litres of sanitizers; fifty thousand, seven hundred and seventy (50,770) head covers; forty one thousand, nine hundred and ninety-two (41,992) gowns; forty-one thousand (41,000) medical scrubs; and thirty thousand, seven hundred and eighty-three (30,783) N-95 face masks.
Further, we have extended this gesture to other frontline actors engaged in the fight, with the presentation of five thousand (5,000) PPEs to members of the media, and tomorrow, Monday, 11 th May, ten thousand domestically-produced face masks and more money will be delivered to the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), to enhance its capacity to undertake the important work it is already doing. Let me, once again, thank the healthcare workers, including all those responsible for the tracing, testing and treating, for their heroic contribution to the fight against the pandemic. They will be long remembered in our history. In advance, I say a hearty ayekoo to the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association, which celebrates its sixtieth (60th) anniversary on Tuesday.
This weekend, I chaired a three-day cabinet retreat, at Peduase Lodge, to examine in detail measures aimed at reviving and strengthening our economy. I am happy to reiterate that Government is putting in place a Resilience and Recovery Plan, with the overarching aim of finding more resources to strengthen the productive sectors of the economy to ensure sustained economic activity. We are rolling out a soft loan scheme of six hundred million cedis (GH¢600 million), in this month of May, to support micro, small and medium scale businesses, and, as you know, the commercial banks, with the support of the Bank of Ghana, have also instituted a three billion cedi (GH¢3 billion) credit and stimulus package, to help revitalise industries, especially in the pharmaceutical, hospitality, services, and manufacturing sectors.
The Minister for Finance is working tirelessly to find additional resources to supplement these amounts, including the resources to finance the construction of eighty-eight (88) district hospitals, ‘Agenda 88’, and seven (7) regional hospitals, which he will announce at the appropriate time to Parliament and the nation. Before bringing this address to an end, it is critical that I raise one significant side of the fight against this virus, which has not been given enough emphasis, but has to do with the change in attitude that will impact our lifestyles.
That has to be one of the permanent legacies of the pandemic. We have to improve our hygiene, our fitness and exercises, our eating, generally, our style of living, which will boost our immunity to disease and the virus. For instance, we are told that the key vitamins that fortify our immune system are vitamins A, B6, C, and E. Fortunately for us, in Ghana, all of these can be found in many of our foods, such as oranges, kontomire, millet, cashew nuts, crabs, plantain, okro, dawadawa, brown rice and mushrooms. Following a good diet, patronising our healthy foods, exercising regularly, ensuring our personal hygiene, and improving our lifestyle habits should become part and parcel of our daily routines, which will help bolster our immune systems, and help us in the fight against the pandemic.
Fellow Ghanaians, this virus, as we have seen the world over, is no respecter of persons, and has wreaked its havoc on every country on the planet. We can defeat it if we continue to look out for one another, and remain each other’s keeper. We are fighting a common enemy, and it is imperative that we do not allow religious, ethnic or political differences to get in the way of 7 certain victory.
So, we cannot allow a few persons, who wish to use these differences to scuttle our collective fight, to succeed. Over the course of our history as a people, we have had to overcome several trials and tribulations: slavery, imperialism, colonialism, tyranny and dictatorship, and we have overcome them all so that, with the help of the Almighty, we are, today, building a free, independent State, a State that, despite the urgency of the crisis, is governed by democratic institutions, and respect for fundamental human rights, especially freedom of speech.
That is as it should be, for we are determined in our generation to realise the dreams of freedom that animated and inspired the founders of our State. I am confident that we will overcome this pandemic, as well. This, too, shall pass! For the Battle is the Lord’s!! May God bless us all, and our homeland Ghana, and make her great and strong. I thank you for your attention, and have a good night.

Fanteakwa South Deputy NADMO Director donates Nose masks to communities

Deputy Fanteakwa South District Director of the National Disaster Management Organization, NADMO, Mr Oware Peasah Clement has donated some Nose Masks to the communities within the the district.

The President of the republic, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo in his address to the nation has outlined preventive measures the citizenry should observe in the fight against Covid-19 and One of the measures which has become mandatory is the wearing of Face/Nose mask.

This has brought a high demand on the Masks and Mr Peaseah has taken it upon himself to also help the people of Fanteakwa South with free distribution of the masks to help curb the spread of the virus.

The distribution started on Friday 8th May 2020 with the people of Akyem Juaso community.

Speaking to the Deputy NADMO Director, he said he want to donate over 1500 Nose Masks to communities within the District with the motive of contributing to the fight against the disease and curb the spread

Ghana will not accept Madagascar’s Covid-19 cure and this is why

Madagascar has been in the news couple of weeks now for touting a herbal medicine product it says can cure the novel COVID-19.

So far, most African countries like Guinea-Bissau, Congo, and Tanzania have all taken delivery of the product.

But Ghana will not accept or try this medicine.

Ghana’s Food and Drug Authority (FDA) has hinted that it will not allow the use of Madagascar’s purported COVID-19 remedy in the country because it hasn’t been scientifically proven by any medical experts.

Chief Executive Officer of FDA, Mimi Delese Darko, says that Ghana needs more evidence from medical experts before accepting the product as COVID-19 cure.

“…Yes, we’ve read about it but what we also look out for is evidence so you cannot just put a drug or a herbal product on the market without evidence and say it treats a disease. So far as we’ve seen, it was tested in about 20 people over 3 weeks and come out with the claim of cure. There is no published study and what we would say is that we will need more evidence,” said Mimi delese Darko

However, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, has said that Ghana is ready to make an assessment on ‘COVID-Organics’- the purported COVID-19 cure from Madagascar.

Madagascar President, Andry Rajoelina has been promoting the plant-based tonic, COVID-Organics as South Africa promise to assist them in a scientific analysis.

Ghana records 921 new covid-19 cases to take talky to 4,012

Ghana’s confirmed cases of coronavirus have risen to 4,012, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has reported.

The new figure represents an increase of 921 cases from the last update announced on Thursday.
According to the Service, 20 more persons have recovered from the previous 303 recoveries reported with deaths still at 18.

The Greater Accra Region still leads as the nation’s hotspot with 3,436 cases followed by the Ashanti Region with 210 cases.

With the Bono Region recording its first case on Thursday, the Savannah, Ahafo and Bono East areas remain the only Regions yet to record a case.
Below are the Regional count ranked from the highest to lowest in terms of confirmed cases.

Greater Accra Region –3,436 Ashanti Region –210 Eastern Region –96 Central Region –58 Western North Region –56 Western Region –35 Volta Region –32 Upper East Region –26 Oti Region – 24 Upper West Region –20 Northern Region – 16 North East Region –2 Bono Region –1 Savannah Region – 0 Ahafo Region – 0 Bono East Region – 0

Black People Four Times More Likely to Die From COVID-19 Than White Men – ONS says

Black men and women in the U.K. are four times more likely to die from COVID-19 than white people, according to new data looking at the ethnicity of those who have succumbed to the disease.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS), the U.K’s largest independent producer of official statistics, said that Black men are 4.2 times more likely to die from coronavirus than their white counterparts, and black women 4.3 times more likely, when age is taken into account.

People from Bangladeshi and Pakistani, Indian, and mixed ethnicities were also found to be significantly more likely to die from coronavirus than their white counterparts.

The data from the ONS found that the risk of death for people from a Pakistani background was 3.29 times higher, 2.41 times higher for those from a Bangladeshi background and 2.21 times higher for those from a black Caribbean background. The rate among those from an Indian background was 1.7 times higher.

The ONS report looking into COVID-19 related deaths by ethnic group in England and Wales between March 2 and April 10, states: “This provisional analysis has shown that the risk of death involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) among some ethnic groups is significantly higher than that of those of White ethnicity.

The Office for National Statistic says data shows black people are four times more likely to die from COVID-19 than white people”When taking into account age in the analysis, Black males are 4.2 times more likely to die from a COVID-19-related death and Black females are 4.3 times more likely than White ethnicity males and females.

“People of Bangladeshi and Pakistani, Indian, and Mixed ethnicities also had statistically significant raised risk of death involving COVID-19 compared with those of White ethnicity.

“These results show that the difference between ethnic groups in COVID-19 mortality is partly a result of socio-economic disadvantage and other circumstances, but a remaining part of the difference has not yet been explained.”

Helen Board, Acting Director of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, a U.K. based charity that aims to solve poverty, said: “Today’s figures are a stark reminder that although we are all weathering the same storm, we are not all in the same boat.

“People from black and minority ethnic backgrounds are more likely to live in deprived areas, employed in low-paid jobs where they cannot work from home. We know that both these factors increase the risk of catching coronavirus.

“Workers from BAME communities are also more likely to live in overcrowded homes, increasing the risk for their families too. We entered the crisis with millions of people locked in poverty, struggling against a rising tide of low pay, insecure jobs and spiralling living costs.

“With the Bank of England now forecasting the deepest recession on record, we must ask ourselves what kind of society we want to live in after the virus passes. It doesn’t have to be like this – as a society that prides itself on justice and compassion we can and must do better.”

“Ghana is ready to test the efficacy of Madagascar’s COVID-19 cure” – Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye

Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, the Director General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), has said Ghana is ready to make an assessment on ‘Covid-Organics’- the purported COVID-19 cure from Madagascar.

He said when that herbal product is made available the GHS would collaborate with the Food and Drugs Authority to ascertain its potency and advise the public accordingly.

Dr Kuma-Aboagye said this at a media briefing on Thursday in Accra on the latest Coronavirus management situation in the country.

He was responding to a question posed by a journalist as to whether Ghana is considering the use of the Covid-Organics as part of its treatment measures.

‘Covid-Organics’, is the herbal remedy produced from artemisia, a plant with proven efficacy against malaria, and other indigenous herbs as stated by the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research in Madagarscar.

The plant was first imported into the island nation in the 1970s from China to treat malaria.
It is now marketed in bottles as a herbal tea, while the President of Madagascar, Mr Andry Rajoelina has said clinical trials were under way in the country to produce a form that could be injected into the body.

As COVID-19 spreads across Africa and leaders put their countries in lockdown, President Rajoelina last month launched the herbal remedy that he claimed could prevent and cure the disease.

The announcement caught medical experts, who have scrambled to find a cure for the disease that has killed more than 252,000 and infected at least 3.6 million people globally, by surprise.

Meanwhile, the African Union said, it is in discussion with Madagascar with a view to obtain technical data regarding the safety and efficiency of the herbal remedy.

In an attempt to reassure people and brush aside safety concerns, Mr Rajoelina took a dose of Covid-Organics at the launch event and said it was safe to be given to children.

The World Health Organization (WHO) have also advised people against using untested remedies for COVID-19.

“Africans deserve to use medicines tested to the same standards as people in the rest of the world,” WHO, the United Nations health agency, said in a statement on Monday.

“Even if therapies are derived from traditional practice are natural, establishing their efficacy and safety through rigorous clinical trials is critical,” the statement said.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also warned people against using unproven remedies.

“There is no scientific evidence that any of these alternative remedies can prevent or cure the illness caused by COVID-19. In fact, some of them may not be safe to consume,” the CDC said.

Just in: Child Health Directorate at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital Ban PEU to new admission with immediate effect has sited an interoffice memorandum from the Directorate of Child Health at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital – KATH, that is subjecting the closure of PEU to new admissions with immediate effect.

This memo comes after a staff of the PEU tested positive to Covid-19 that led almost all staff of the ward in question and staff of CR10 going on self-quarantine

Below is the official release:

Coronavirus: Tanzanian President promises to import Madagascar’s “Cure”

The President of Tanzania, John Magufuli, is sending a plane to Madagascar to fetch a herbal tonic touted as a cure for Covid-19 even as the World Health Organization (WHO) warned there was no proof of any cure.

Congo-Brazzaville’s president has also promised to import the drink.

It is produced from the artemisia plant – the source of an ingredient used in a malaria treatment.

The WHO also advised people against self-medicating.

The drink was launched as Covid-Organics and was being marketed after being tested on fewer than 20 people over a period of three weeks, the Tanzanian president’s chief of staff Lova Hasinirina Ranoromaro told the BBC.

In response to the launch of Covid-Organics, the WHO said in a statement sent to the BBC that the global organisation did not recommend “self-medication with any medicines… as a prevention or cure for Covid-19”.

It reiterated earlier comments by WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus that there were “no short-cuts” to finding effective mediation to fight coronarvirus.

International trials were under way to find an effective treatment, the WHO added.

In March, the US-based National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health warned against purported coronavirus remedies , including herbal therapies and teas – saying the best way to prevent infection was to avoid exposure to the virus.

The drink has been picked up in other African countries.

On Saturday Madagascar delivered a shipment to Guinea-Bissau.

The Malagasy president also tweeted that the special envoy to Equatorial Guinea picked up a shipment of the drink.

Speaking on TV, President Magufuli said he was already in contact with the government of Madagascar and would despatch an aircraft to the island nation to collect the medicine.

“I am communicating with Madagascar, and they have already written a letter saying they have discovered some medicine. We will despatch a flight to bring the medicine so that Tanzanians can also benefit. So as the government we are working day and night,” he said.

Mr Magufuli has already been widely criticised for his reaction to the coronavirus pandemic.

He has encouraged the public to continue gathering in places of worship, while much of the world has faced lockdown.

Tanzania’s delay in enforcing stricter measures to prevent further spread of coronavirus in the country could have led to the spike in positive cases, according to the WHO.

The country has 480 confirmed cases of coronavirus but Mr Magufuli said that number may be exaggerated and that he doubted the credibility of the national laboratory.

He said that he had secretly had some animals and fruits tested at the laboratory and that a papaya (paw-paw), a quail and a goat returned positive samples.

“That means there is possibility for technical errors or these imported reagents have issues,” he said, without giving more detail.

Coronavirus: WHO cautions Madagascar over ‘herbal Cure’

The World Health Organization (WHO) says there is no proof of a cure for COVID-19 after Madagascar’s president launched a herbal coronavirus “cure”.

The country’s national medical academy (Anamem) has also cast doubt on the efficacy of Andry Rajoelina’s touted prevention and remedy.

It said it had the potential to damage people’s health as its “scientific evidence had not been established”.

The plant-based tonic is to be given free of charge to the most vulnerable.

Launched as Covid-Organics, it is produced from the artemisia plant – the source of an ingredient used in a malaria treatment – and other Malagasy plants.

It was being marketed in a bottle and as a herbal tea after being tested on fewer than 20 people over a period of three weeks, the president’s chief of staff Lova Hasinirina Ranoromaro told the BBC.

“Tests have been carried out – two people have now been cured by this treatment,” Mr Rajoelina said at the launch of Covid-Organics at the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research (Imra), which developed the tonic.

“This herbal tea gives results in seven days,” said the 45-year-old president, who also urged people to use it as a preventative measure.

“Schoolchildren should be given this to drink… little by little throughout the day,” he told the diplomats and other dignitaries gathered for the launch.

Dr Charles Andrianjara, Imra’s Director-General, agreed that Covid-Organics should be used for prevention.

He was more cautious about its use as a cure, but said that clinical observations had shown “a trend towards its effectiveness as a curative remedy”, the AFP news agency quotes him as saying.

The Indian Ocean island has so far recorded 121 cases of coronavirus and no deaths.

‘No short-cuts’

In response to the launch of Covid-Organics, the WHO said, in a statement sent to the BBC, that the global organisation did not recommend “self-medication with any medicines… as a prevention or cure for Covid-19”.

It reiterated earlier comments by WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus that there were “no short-cuts” to finding effective mediation to fight coronavirus.

International trials were underway to find an effective treatment, the WHO added.

Ms Ranoromaro said President Rajoelina was aware that the WHO had to abide by its protocols but said it came down to a matter of sovereignty.

“He has a duty to Malagasy people,” she said.

‘Bubonic plague’

Professor Brian Klaas, an expert on Madagascar at University College London, said Mr Rajoelina’s stance could cause Malagasy citizens more harm than good.

“It’s dangerous for two reasons – one is that some people will be taking it who should not be taking it,” he told BBC Newsday.

“And secondly that it will give people a false sense of security, so they’ll end up doing things that they would not otherwise have done and put themselves and others at greater risk.”

If the virus did begin to spread, it could be “devastating” as the country’s healthcare system was weak, with only six ventilators for a population of 27 million people, he said.

“It’s also one of the reasons why the island is one of the only places on the planet that regularly has outbreaks of bubonic plague, which is readily cured with the right medicine.”

In March, the US-based National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health warned against purported coronavirus remedies, including herbal therapies and teas – saying the best way to prevent infection was to avoid exposure to the virus.


African Union urged to support Madagascar on its new found cure for Coronavirus

The Kwame Nkrumah Ideological Institute (KNII), has called on the African Union, to support Madagascar towards marketing its newly found cure for COVID-19.

“We urge the African Union through its Commission on Continental Free Trade Area, to seize the golden opportunity and encourage all African countries to coordinate with the Madagascan government, to assess and order large quantities of the product, to treat the disease in their respective countries.”

A release issued by Dr. Benjamin Anyagre, Executive Director of the KNII and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said such a move was expected to increase Madagascan revenue from exports, improve the research capabilities of the drug company, and enhance the chances of Madagascar becoming a powerhouse of African traditional medicine with products that could rival similar ones elsewhere.

“Most importantly, however, this initiative will set the ball rolling on Continental Free Trade, which could see other African products benefiting from it. This would improve the lives of Africans and make them understand and believe more deeply in the power of efforts made out of Unity,” the release said.

It also urged African governments, civil society, companies and capable individuals to join the crusade to make Madagascar the first beneficiary of a potential African economic renaissance.

The release described the Madagascan innovation as a chance for Africans to show how much they believed in themselves.

“Let us not miss it as a contribution to AGENDA 2063. A united Africa is our goal,” the release said.

A video conference meeting led by Andry Rajoelina, President of Madagascar, has been held among 10 African leaders to discuss the efficacy of the COVID Organics Medicine (CVO), which has been developed by Madagascar to treat COVID-19 patients.

Source: GNA

Covid-19: Gersfort Eagle Eye donates to Teshie Children’s Orphanage

The second Covid-19 lockdown donation of the Gersfort Eagle Eye team took place yesterday at the Teshie Children’s Orphanage in Teshie, a suburb of Accra in Ledzorkuku Municipal Assembly, Ghana.

The team were well received by the coordinator of the establishment, who duely organised available children and the founder of the orphanage home, Mrs. Janet Anyeley Parker to welcome the Gersfort team.

Gersfort Eagle Eye is a Non-Governmental Organization aimed at improving lives of most children in Ghana donated some necessities in this pandemic era like; bags of rice, cooking oil, bottle of soft drinks, crates of eggs, canned tomatoes, tins of milk, toiletries and some bags of sachet water to help sustain the home for the time being.

The team also handed to the home, an undisclosed amount of money to support them with their projects.

Adhering to the President’s directives on social distancing, they were only able to meet only a few of the orphans.

It was all smiles for both parties and a great success.

The founder of Teshie Children’s Orphanage, Mrs. Janet Anyeley Parker also thanked the team upon receiving the items and used the opportunity to appeal to corporate bodies to come to their aid, especially in this era of global crisis

Suhum MP’s COVID 19 Support Project, Sensitization.

As part of the launch “Suhum MP COVID 19 Support Project”, a group of over one hundred volunteers were trained by Suhum health Directorate to engineer the sensitization of the constituents.

For the past weeks, the education by this volunteer group has been of importance to the municipality.

The volunteers have since 14th April 2020 touched over 100 communities and places within the enclave, just to mention of few : Kings palace, Obeng down, Kibi lorry station, Adarkwa lorry station, Akorabo lorry station, Nankese lorry station, Suhum main market, Suhum Amponsah market, Nankese market, Akorabo market, Ghanta, Delako, Urban Council, Nartey Anoma, Oforikrom, Akorabo Zongo, Esikafoabantem, Dr Mabel, Krobom, Kromameng, Volta house, Roman Junction, Ayisikrom, Ayisaa, Old Chocho, Maame Dorya, Oboutumpan, Okada stations, Amede, Sawa, Akote, Trotor, Brong Densuso, Manyhem, Aboryor, Suhum New life, Roundabout, Konfan, Akorabo Newtown, Agyeikrom, Akorabo Quarters, Densuso, Obretema, Omenako, Niifio, Tei Mensah,Addo Nkwanta etc also thse places were not left out mechanic shops, saloons, sewing shops, stores, food vendors, homes and many other essential units within the communities visited.

The education is to give enough information on the COVID 19 pandemic to the constituents and teach them how to observe the precautionary measures laid out by the President of the Republic Nana Akuffo Addo :

1. Stay home when we don’t have any important business to do in town

2. Regular and thorough washing of hands with soap under running water and use alcohol-based hand sanitizers

3. Eschew Hands Shakes

4. Preserve a distance of at least two(2) meters from one another

5. We must observe social and physical distancing

6. _Stop picking your nose, touching of your eyes, et al after coming into contact with many people_.

7. _It is advisable to be physically active,drink plenty of water,eat healthy food,avoid stress and have enough sleep._

8. We must inculcate the habit of wearing prescribe face masks always as said by the President

I took my time to keep an eye on their education, it was observed that the constituents were happy seeing such a swift response team by the MP, Hon Frederick Opare-Ansah to school them on the novel disease and what the President is doing in curbing and abating the spread of the disease.

They were also grateful for the provision of Poly Tanks, Alcohol-based hand Sanitizers, Washing Soaps, Rubbing Alcohol, Veronica buckets etc. They said Oliver twist always ask for more and should not concede his livelihood support for the communities under his county.

I also have an engagement with some of the volunteers, they articulated their profound appreciation to the MP, Hon Frederick Opare-Ansah for involving them in his project and pledged to do their viable best to sustain the project in reaching it ultimate goal. They also urge the general public not to gag with the corona virus since it doesn’t have any political tint, we must as Ghanaian come together and fight till we win.


By Augustine Odei (Director of Communications NPP Suhum)

COVID-19: Vaccine trials ongoing in 5 African countries

The Africa Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has outlined some of the trials going on for Covid-19 treatment and vaccination in Africa.
Fifty-two countries have currently reported having positive cases of the virus – with more than 37,000 patients being treated.

In a joint briefing online with doctors at Shanghai hospital, the Africa CDC said that in comparison to the rest of the world there were very few treatments happening on the continent.

Dr Taji Rajudeen outlined the trials so far:

  1. In Egypt, there are about 13 trials going on looking specifically at therapeutics. Scientists, there are also conducting around two trials on vaccines. They are also looking at the place of nutritional support, especially with honey and some immunotherapy trials are going on in Egypt.
  2. In Zambia, they have one ongoing trial with hydroxychloroquine.
  3. South Africa is part of the WHO solidarity trial, and they are looking at Chloroquine, Interferon, Remdesivir.
  4. In Nigeria, they have one trial in progress – still on therapeutical agents.
  5. Tunisia has two trials going on.
The Africa CDC try to mobilise the different research consortiums on the continent to see how to change this narrative so that Africa becomes more engaged in that regard.

Eastern Region: Woman tests positive for COVID-19 after receiving lockdown escapees

There is fear and panic at Pabi, a farming community near Asamankese in the West Akyem Municipality of the Eastern Region after a 34-year-old woman tested positive for Coronavirus.

The woman has no travel history but sources gathered indicate that some three family members who fled from lockdown areas returned to the house where she lives some few weeks ago.

The Mother of two on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, visited a CHPs compound in the community after she suddenly fell sick. she was referred to Asamankese Government Hospital where her sample was taken to Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research but was discharged home.

The result of the test which confirmed positive was released on Sunday, April 26, 2020. Health Officials at the West Akyem Municipal Health Directorate through the Assembly Member for Pabi Electoral Area, Gyampo Daniel, located the patient in the community with the result and communicated to her.

However, the patient has been asked to self-quarantine in the house as Health officials prepare an Isolation centre to admit her.

Samples of about 10 persons living in the house have been collected for testing.

Speaking to the media, the Assembly Member for the Area, Gyampo Daniel, said the Municipal Health Emergency Response Committee has visited the community to sensitize residents on the preventive protocols and to remain calm.

The Eastern Region has the third-highest confirmed cases of 57, after Greater Accra and Ashanti who have recorded 1,347 and 69, respectively, as of Sunday, April 26, 2020.

Fanteakwa North, Denkyembour, Akuapem North, Lower Manya Krobo, Nsawam, are known districts in the Eastern Region that have recorded confirmed cases in the Eastern Region.

10 food vendors, 3 taxi drivers test positive for COVID-19 at Achimota Hospital

Ten food vendors and three taxi drivers who operate at the Achimota government hospital have tested positive for COVID-19, has gathered.

The cases were confirmed after the hospital decided to conduct mass testing for individuals who do business within the hospital community.

The samples were taken to the Noguchi memorial centre and came out positive.

Nurses and other medical staff of the hospital are currently undergoing compulsory testing for COVID-19 beginning today Tuesday, April 28.

Meanwhile, a police officer at Adenta in Accra has tested positive for COVID-19 after arresting and detaining a suspect who defied the lockdown directive.

According to sources within the security agencies, the suspect, who was apparently positive of the virus, was detained for a longer period at the Adenta police cells after court hearing because the Prisons service was not accepting new inmates as a result of the pandemic.

A source at the Adenta district police command says the officer has been asked to self-quarantine after he tested positive.

Coronavirus death toll in Ghana now stands at 16 with 1,671 infections and about 188 recoveries.


Covid-19: Another Ghanaian nurse dies of coronavirus in the US

Another Ghanaian nurse in the United States (UN) has died from coronavirus after she contracted the disease while on admission at the hospital.

Doreen Tay, a product of the St Mary’s Senior High School at Korle Gonno in Accra, died on April 21, 2020.

She is the third Ghanaian nurse working abroad known to have died from COVID-19. While Freda Ocran died on March 28 in New York, a heavily pregnant 28-year-old, Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong, died shortly after testing positive to coronavirus on April 12.

Madam Tay reportedly fell ill on March 14 and was rushed to the Albert Einstein Montefiore Medical Centre in New York where she worked.

Unfortunately, the 43-year-old nurse contracted coronavirus and passed on within five weeks.

Born in Ghana, she graduated from the Jersey College School of Nursing in 2017. While alive, she combined two jobs as a full time Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at the Montefiore Medical Centre, and part-time at Throgs Neck Rehabilitation and Nursing Centre, also in New York.

She graduated from Merries in Accra in the 1994/95 academic year. Her classmate, Akua Asare-Dua Ampofo, remembers her for being a very jovial person who was always excited about something.

“You will just love her personality,” she recalled in an interview.

To celebrate her, the former International Central Gospel Church chorister, Joel Bo Djanie and the McOlives Ministries, where she worshipped in New York, are organising a fundraiser, using Gofundme.

“Our goal is to raise as much as possible within two weeks. All funds will be turned over to the family,” the message accompanying the account said.

She left behind a husband of 14 years and two kids – Rachel and Derron, 13 and 11 years old, respectively.

Mr Djanie, who attends the same church— McOlives Ministries—with her described her as a kind and generous person in an emotional tribute.

“If there was a formula for life, where good, generous, kind people lived on forever, Doreen would surely be one of them – but sadly, there isn’t. We all move on. We leave this world and embrace what the next has for us. In leaving however, we leave behind all our loved ones – and the only lingering resemblance of life left for anyone to hold on to, are the shared memories. Fortunately, Doreen left us a lot of that.

“As a woman of God, she reminded us of how selfless and purposeful we should live.

At work, her patients were her only priority, and she provided them with the utmost in nursing care to ensure their safety and well-being. In doing so, she challenged her co-workers to also strive for high standards.

“But Doreen was first, and foremost a family woman who loved her husband and kids dearly. They’ll remember the many birthdays she celebrated with them, the countless hours she spent helping with homework, and the sweet sound of her voice at night while she read them the bible, and sang them to sleep.

“But more than anything, they’ll remember how it feels to be loved by a mother, and a wife. Though they’ll never understand the sacrifices she’s made for them, they’ll be a living reminder of all her goodness,” he said.

Mr Djanie said she captured the heart of everyone she came across.

“But unfortunately, her death also leaves the family with some grave concerns.

Our hope is to generate enough money to help with her funeral expenses, and to provide for her kids as generously as God will. Your gift, in whatever amount, will go a long way to ease their concerns, and help them cope with this crisis,” he said as he rallied support for his departed church member.

The account has so far raised $5,000

Editorial: “The Coronavirus pandemic is far from over” – World Health Organization says

The World’s leading health body, the World Health Organization, has stated that the Coronavirus pandemic is far from over, even as major countries of the world relax lockdown orders so as to restart the economic and business life of it’s citizenry.

Four million jobs have been furloughed in the UK alone, over 3 million people in the US have become unemployed while countries in Africa have been plunged even into more economics misery as the Coronavirus pandemic has affected small and large scale enterprises.

Covid-19 has infected more than 3 million people and killed at least 210,000 worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.

More than 56,000 people have died in the United States, representing more than a quarter of all deaths worldwide.

Switzerland will allow some businesses to reopen today, while Italy plans to loosen some measures on May 4 but the WHO has warned such countries that the pandemic isn’t over.

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said;

“The pandemic is far from over,” he said at a news conference.

” We continue to be concerned about the increasing trends in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and some Asian countries.”

“As in all regions, cases and deaths are underreported in many countries in these regions, because of low testing capacity,” Tedros said.

“This virus will not be defeated if we are not united, if we are not united, the virus will exploit the cracks between us and continue to create havoc. Lives will be lost,” Tedros added.

4 critical things Mahama said during his digital conversation on Ghana’s COVID-19 situation last week

Former President John Dramani Mahama on Thursday, April 23, 2020, addressed Ghanaians in a Facebook live conversation of Ghana’s COVID-19 situation.

NDC presidential candidate, John Dramani MahamaThe National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer touched on a lot of issues during the period.

Some of his comments generated conversations and debates on social media last week. resists some of the issues the former president touched on while addressing his followers on the country’s coronavirus situation.

Four critical things the NDC leader talked about are as follows; Giving 3-month token to SSNIT contributors

According to the former President Mahama, social security contributions are essentially an insurance scheme made, not just for pensions in old age, but also to help contributors in times of adversity such as this.

The NDC flagbearer prayed SSNIT to support contributors with some money to cushion them for the next three months.

Let’s demand accountability from gov’t on COVID-19 fund – Mahama

Mr.Mahama also called on Ghanaians to demand transparency and accountability in the disbursement of the COVID-19 Trust Fund created by the government to help finance activities relating to the fight against the pandemic.

Mr Mahama said the funds were contributed by the tax payer, hence due accountability must be rendered by the government.

Calls for voter roll compilation “deeply irresponsible” – Mahama

He also described as “deeply irresponsible” suggestions by some elements within the NPP government that the Electoral Commission (EC) begin compiling a new voter register despite the raging coronavirus pandemic.

Without mentioning names, John Mahama said: “It is unfortunate that a high-ranking member of the President’s party has suggested, in recent days, that the Electoral Commission should, and will go ahead with the compilation of a new voter register as soon as next month”.

Ghana’s economy on ventilators at ICU – Mahama jabs NPP government

The former President further jabbed the managers of the country’s economy, saying the coronavirus pandemic has exposed their “propaganda” about the health of the economy.

He opined that Ghana’s economy is on ventilators barely a month after the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said the Akufo-Addo administration has used propaganda to sell the economy and the current crisis is now exposing them.


Good News: Pregnant Coronavirus Patient Delivers Safely

A 35-year-old mother-of-four, who is said to be positive for COVID-yesterday, safely put to bed a baby, whose gender was not immediately known.

The delivery took place at a Kumasi South Hospital, in the Ashanti Region of Ghana according reports monitored.

Both the mother and child however are safe, sources familiar with the situation confirmed.

The mother was admitted on 23 April 2020 after testing positive for COVID-19, which immediately sent shivers down the spine of some given the havoc was causing .

Incidentally, however, the baby braved all and arrived safety.

Our correspondent however learnt that the hospital staff were taking additional precautions given the prevailing situation.

Two cargo vehicles with coronavirus passengers intercepted in Oti Region

The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) last week intercepted two cargo vehicles that had onboard a total of 67 passengers, out of whom 17 tested positive for coronavirus.

The vehicles were intercepted in the Oti Region, precisely in Nkwanta.

This was revealed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Sunday, April 26 when he addressed the nation in a televised broadcast.

It was his eighth nationwide broadcast on the measures taken by government in the fight against coronavirus.

Since his first address on Wednesday, March 11, when Ghana had no cases yet of the deadly coronavirus, there have been 1,550 confirmed cases with over 100,000 tests conducted.

Some of the cases involve West African nationals, who are supposedly aided by Ghanaians into the country.

“These are unpatriotic acts and must stop,” President Akufo-Addo warned.

“We cannot allow a few persons who are motivated by their own selfish money-making interest to endanger the lives of the rest of the population.”

The president had ordered the closure of Ghana’s borders to human traffic on Sunday, March 22 and on Tuesday, April 4 extended the closure by two more weeks, though he has been insistent in his later broadcasts that it is “until further notice”.

He had also imposed a partial lockdown in the country with Accra, Kumasi, Kasoa and Tema affected.

This was lifted on Monday, April 20.

It was during the period of the lockdown that the two cargo vehicles transporting the 67 to the Oti Region were intercepted.

“All of [the passengers] were tested with 17 proving positive.”

The number shot the Region, which until Friday, April 24 had not recorded any case of Covid-19, to fourth on the regional chart.

It is the new region with the highest number of confirmed cases. Only Greater Accra, Ashanti and Eastern regions have more cases.

‘Long war’

President Akufo-Addo said the fight against the disease is not yet over.

“Clearly, we still have some way to go towards ridding ourselves of the virus.

“The truth is that this will be a long war broken up into several battles.”


Mr. Eric Amoako Twum donates relief items to Fanteakwa South District Assembly

Mr Eric Amoako Twum has donated items to the Fanteakwa south district assembly in the Eastern region to assist with the fight against COVID-19.

Ghana has, so far, recorded 1565 cases of COVID-19 and 11 deaths.

Mr Eric Amoako Twum donated packs of GIHOC alcohol-based hand sanitizers, quantities of awake bottle mineral waters, disposable tissues on Monday, 27 April 2020 to aid the staff at the district assembly and the health department of the fanteakwa south district as they go to the various communities to train and educate the citizenry.

Mr Eric Amoako Twum who is number 3 on the ballot paper for the upcoming special delegate conference of the NPP spoke to UTV where he encouraged citizen to observed all the safety precautions and measures that have been given out by the health experts to help control the spread of the Coronavirus.

The presentation was made by Mr Eric Amoako Twum and received by the District Chief Executive and the District Health.