February 6, 2020
Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman Manu on Wednesday February 4 2020 told Members of Parliament (MPs) that government has allocated two point five million Ghanaian cedis in preparedness to deal with outbreak of coronavirus in the country.

According to the Health Minister, a process has been initiated to procure ten thousand pieces of personal protective equipment and insurance cover for the use of front line workers.

In a statement on the floor of the House he urged the private sector and development partners to support government’s effort being put in place in preparedness for the outbreak of the diseases in Ghana.

“Government is doing everything possible to prevent and protect against the outbreak and spread of the infection in Ghana”, Mr. Speaker.

In addition, the sector Ministry has sent alerts to all regions and districts to activate the respective Public Health Emergency Management Committee and pointed that that stakeholders like Tema Port, Ghana Airport Company Limited and authorities of Kotoka International Airport.

Furthermore, he told the House there has been a meeting between the Health Ministry and Chinese Ambassador to Ghana on regulating high risk travels to and from the affected areas in China.

Whiles the Chinese Ambassador indicated that all is being done to contain the outbreak and advice against mass evacuation of Ghanaian nationals in the affected areas, as it is the view of the World Health Organisation.

Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Mohammed Habib Tijani told the House there are thirty thousand Ghanaians in China with eight thousand students and the Ghanaian Mission in Beijing is in touch with their leadership.

“There are about three hundred Ghanaians studying in Wuhan, but one hundred and fifty-two had been caught up in the lock down of the city, the mission has contacted them and provided with basic items as nose marks, sanitizers and groceries”.

He assured the House that currently no Ghanaian has contracted the coronavirus and all is being done to ensure that the students are safe and do not lack basic necessities.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com