COVAD-19: Two Cases Confirmed In Ghana

The Ghana Minister of health, Kwasi Agyemang-Manu says the country has confirmed its first two cases of the COVID-19.

He disclosed this on Thursday evening at a press briefing.

The country had run a test on 57 cases and all were negative.

One of the patients returned from Norway while the other came from Turkey.


Speaking on Thursday, Agyemang-Manu said “Laboratory results of the two confirmed cases were received at the same time from the Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research. Both individuals returned to Ghana, one from Norway, and the other from Turkey so these are imported cases of COVID-19.”

He urged the people to remain calm as the government is working assiduously with all health partners to contain the situation.

The Minister also said the two patients have been placed in Isolation and are currently stable.

The government says it has commenced the tracing of persons the COVAD-19 patients may have been in contact with.

“I wish to assure all Ghanaians that the Government of Ghana together with all Health Partners will continue to work assiduously to ensure the situation is contained. Both patients are currently being kept in isolation and are stable. We have initiated processes for contact tracing,” a statement from the Ministry of Health said

On Wednesday, Ghanian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had assured his people of the country readiness to deal with the virus, should there be an outbreak.

He also disclosed that he had directed the release of the cedi equivalent of a $100 million for the country's preparedness.

“At my prompting, the Minister for Finance has made available the cedi equivalent of $100 million to enhance our coronavirus preparedness and response plan,” President Akufo-Addo said.

Currently, Africa has confirmed cases in 13 out of 54 countries, however, the region has reported few cases compared to Asia, Europe and America.

These countries include Algeria, Angola, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. They either have direct links to China or handle a large volume of travel to China.

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