Ghana

COVID-19 Fight: Gov’t insure Frontline Health Workers

The Chronicle - Sab, 28/03/2020 - 20:31

Government of Ghana has insured health professionals and allied professionals at the frontline of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) fight.

A communique addressed to all heads  of agencies, signed by the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu announced the special life insurance cover for 10000 health personnel and allied professionals attending to COVID-19 pandemic response.

The benefit include Group Life with the sum of GHs 35,000.00 per life, Critical Illness with the sum of GHs 25,000.00 per life; Total Temporal Disability-All causes with the sum of GHs 10,000.oo per life; and Total Premium of GHs10,309,919.94.

By Maxwell Ofori/thechronicle.com.gh

Categorie: Ghana

COVID-19 Fund: Bawumia Donates 3 Months Salary

The Chronicle - Sab, 28/03/2020 - 20:03
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has donated his three months salary to the Covid-19 Fund established by President Akufo-Addo to help the vulnerable infected by the virus and also the frontline health officers who are combating the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in Ghana. The Vice President’s donation follows the gesture by President Akufo-Addo when he announced the Fund in his address to the nation last night. Dr. Bawumia announced his support through a Facebook post on his wall which read; “To support the kind gesture by the President of directing the Controller and Accountant General to pay his April, May and June salaries to Covid-19 Fund, I am donating three months of my salary starting from April to support the fight against Covid-19” he indicated. Dr. Bawumia also expressed his sympathy and that of his wife, Hajia Samira Bawumia to the families of those who have lost their lives in the wake of the virus and also wished those infected with the virus a speedy recovery. “Samira and I empathize with all infected with the virus, and we wish them a speedy recovery. We also express our sympathies to families of those who have lost their lives through the virus. May the souls of the departed rest in the bossom of  God. Fellow Ghanaians, March has been a difficult month for us as a nation with the Covid-19 infection.” he noted. Vice President Bawumia also urged citizens and non-citizens in Ghana to observe the preventive measures outlined and also practice social distancing. “Ultimately, we should all endeavour to stay at home, observe the preventive measures and together defeat Covid-19 virus. “ he ended.
Categorie: Ghana

Mad Rush for LPG – Authority calls for calm

The Chronicle - Sab, 28/03/2020 - 19:31

The Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketing Company Association of Ghana has asked Ghanaians not to panic and thereby over shortage of gas ahead of the lockdown announced by the President yesterday.

According to the Association, there is enough to serve everyone who would want to purchase gas for the period of the restriction.

Acknowledging the reaction of Ghanaians  to the announcement by the President, it re-assured Ghanaians that, “Not only do we  have enough supplies, we are also open to serve you at all material times during the period,” it said in a statement.

Signed by the Chairman of the Association,  Malam Bukari Awudu, which has been sighted by The Chronicle,  the release explained that, “The liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketing Company Association of Ghana wishes to assure our cherished customers that they will not be affected by the impeding lockdown and hence will not be shutting down our retail outlets across the country.

Subsequently, they have  appealed to Ghanaians  to desist from massing up at their  premises with the hope of buying more than what is urgently needed.

Malam Bukari in the statement also implored Ghanaians  that  the hoarding of  LPG at homes presents its own unique dangers and challenges to the household and its immediate environs.

The statement by the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketing Company Association of Ghana followed a mad rush for gas in Ashanti and Greater Accra Region, after President Akufo-Addo announced  to Ghanaians two weeks lockdown, whichhk takes effect from Monday.

The lockdown seeks to contain the new corona virus ,which is wreaking havoc under the centre of the earth ,with Ghana recording 417 cases, 2 recoveries and 4 deaths.

In an attempt to allay down fears, the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has told Ghanaians there is no need to mass up at fuel or gas filling stations to buy products because of the lockdown, as fuel and gas stations will still operate and the NPA has more than enough product for public consumption.

As a result of the lockdown,  people have thronged gas stations in these two regions in an attempt to purchase gas into their households as the lockdown closes in.

Expressing concern over the mad rush for gas across gas stations in these regions,  Malam Bukari Awudu  noted that they are  worried that the queues at these pumps may speed up the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and endanger their the live of cherished  customers.

“We care about your health and safety ,and we hope you will heed to our plea  to stop the panic buying in our collective interest,” he remarked..

By Richard Owusu-Akyaw/thechronicle.com.gh

Categorie: Ghana

Mahama Donates 1 Month Salary to COVID-19 Fund

The Chronicle - Sab, 28/03/2020 - 15:23

Former President Mahama has contributed his one month salary into a fund set up to fight the novel Coronavirus.

A statement signed by his Special Aide, Joyce Bawah Mogtari announced the donation on Saturday, March 28, 2020.

The contribution by the flag bearer of the largest opposition party, National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Mahama, followed the donation of the next 3 months salary of the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo into the fund.

President Akufo-Addo announced his donation on Friday, March 27, 2020, when he first announced the establishment of the fund to be managed by an independent board of trustees to be chaired by former Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo.

By Maxwell Ofori/thecrhonicle.com.gh

Categorie: Ghana

Fighting COVID-19: Mahama calls for urgent meeting of ECOWAS leaders

The Chronicle - Sab, 28/03/2020 - 15:06
The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has called for an urgent meeting of the Authority of Heads of State and Governments of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to discuss and take decisions on a sub-regional response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic across the West African Region. 

Speaking during a Friday Muslim Prayer service to end three days of prayer and fasting called by the NDC, Mr. Mahama who is a former Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State, argued that the meeting of the sub-regional leaders is important and urgent to help in curbing the spread of the disease across the neighbouring countries.

“It is important for the ECOWAS to arrange an urgent teleconference of our Heads of State to coordinate a subregion-wide response to the COVID-19 disease. This might include restriction of movement between our countries”, he noted.

The prayer service, attended by the National Chief Iman Sheikh Nuhu Sharabutu, the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission in Ghana Maulvi Mohammed Bin Salih, the Head of the Ahl-Sunnah al- Jamaat Sheikh Umar Ibrahim and other Muslim leaders followed a Christian service held on Sunday. The NDC declared the three days of fasting and prayers to seek God’s intervention in the wake of the outbreak of the coronavirus in the country.

Mr. Mahama also urged government to, as a matter of urgency, strengthen public health management procedures, and provide the needed resources and logistics for managing the pandemic.

This, he said, is critical if “frontline healthcare workers are to have the confidence to continue to battle the disease.”

“As has been outlined by our COVID Technical Team in its engagements, in addition to a concerted effort to provide regular, accurate and timely information, government must work extra hard to ensure the implementation of adequate community mitigation measures”, Mr. Mahama added.

Categorie: Ghana

Media Reports on My Father’s Demise very Irresponsible – Obour

The Chronicle - Sab, 28/03/2020 - 14:54

Bice Osei Kuffour, known in the showbiz as Obour has refuted media reports on the death of his father, describing same as inconsiderate and very irresponsible.

According to him, reports that he misinformed health personnel on the symptoms and travel history of his father, could only be borne out of malice.

In a statement, the former President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), Obour said that “a first year journalism student knows clearly that fairness and balance is key in media practice.”

The Ghanaian Musician lost his dad yesterday at the Greater Accra Regional (Ridge) Hospital. Reports indicate he tested positive, after a test for Coronavirus was done.

A section Health workers at Ridge Hospital who came into contact with the decease when he was rushed to the hospital said they were not informed about the full symptoms of the late father of the musician, including his travel history for them to take full precautions.

The father, Nana OSei Boansi Kuffour, who was admitted at the Emergency Ward of the Ridge Hospital, died on Friday.

By Maxwell Ofori/thechronicle.com.gh

Categorie: Ghana