Covid-19 wreaking havoc on Ghanaians
The novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) appears to be gaining solid ground in the world, particularly Ghana, inflicting painful mayhem on its citizens.
At the last count, Ghana had recorded as huge as 21,077 cases, a number that was reached after recording 992 new cases, the highest new positives announced by the Ghana Health Service ever.
Despite the increasing number of confirmed cases, 16,070 out of the total have recovered, but unfortunately, 129 have bowed to the virus, as they were unable to defeat it.
According to the Health Ministry, Ghana’s active cases now stand 4,878 at the time of filing this report yesterday evening.
The increasing rates being recorded are sending shivers down the spines of many, but a lot more look unperturbed, as though the virus did not exist.
The news of key personalities being infected by the virus, which the world Health Organisation has termed as a plandemic, only come to confirm that the virus is not a respecter of persons.
As we speak, the Senior Minister of the Akufo-Addo government, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, has tested positive, according to the Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah.
Other ministers of state, including the Minister for Regional Reorganisation, Dan Botwe, and Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman Manu have all tasted the sourness of the virus, which even brought the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, to his knees.
It is no secret that the First Gentleman of the land, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is in 14 days isolation, because, at least, one person close to him had tested positive for the virus.
It was reported that the Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Authority, Lydia Dsane-Selby, also tested positive for the virus, as well as some staff of Multimedia Group Limited, including one of its Sports Journalists, Gary Al-Smith.
Aside from the Chief Executive Officer of the facility, Dr Daniel Asare, testing positive for the virus, the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, on Monday, announced the closure of its non-emergency surgical cases for the next two weeks, due to some staff being infected with the Covid-19.
The announcement, which was contained in a statement signed by Mustapha Salifu, Head of Public Relations at the hospital, asked other health facilities to refer only dire surgical emergencies (surgery, ENT, Maxillofacial and Obstetrics) to Korle-Bu during the suspension period.
Further, the head office of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST) at Dzorwulu, Accra, has been closed down temporarily, following a number (28%) of staff testing positive for the virus after mass testing.
The company, on Monday, issued a statement to announce the temporary closure, which took immediate effect from the day of issuance, to enable a fumigation exercise to take place at the premises.
The statement explained that “after mass testing, a number of the staff tested positive, and arrangements are being made for their treatment. Management would further like to assure the general public that this arrangement will not negatively impact the operations of the company, since all staff have the needed facilities and enhancements to work from home within the period [of shut down].”
Also, the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) has issued a statement that it would close down its head office in Accra for fumigation, from today to Friday, July 10, 2020.
The company said the temporary shutdown, with its accompanying fumigation exercise, became necessary after some staff tested positive for the virus after mass testing.
The Ghana Medical Association (GMA), on the other hand, has had cause to lament over the lack of a high sense of responsiveness in the fight against the virus.
The Association has urged citizens to avoid flagrant breaches of the safety protocols, which include wearing nose or face masks before stepping out, to minimise the rate of infection.
The Association is much concerned with the dire consequences of the high infection rates on the country’s health system especially.
Information available to The Chronicle from the GMA indicates that some 150 doctors have been infected with the virus. Though some have recovered, others have succumbed to it.
Interacting with the media in Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional President of the GMA, Dr Paa Kwesi Baidoo, said: “What we are witnessing currently is that more practicing medical doctors and health workers are getting infected.”
He continued: “What would become of patients in our hospitals if those expected to take care of them are absent?”
Meanwhile, the public is still being urged to follow all the safety protocols, and do well to boost their immune systems.
The protocols are not limited to frequently washing of hands with soap under running water, and wearing of face and nose masks, and the last directive, which many seem to have forgotten about, or do not give a hoot about anymore, damning the punitive legal sanctions.