The Management and Board of Community Focus Foundation Ghana (CFF-GH) commends the President of the Republic, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo for the directive given to government officials to temporarily suspend all foreign travels as an additional measure aimed at safeguarding Ghana from the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) which has already been declared as world pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The group to thanked His Excellency the President sincerely for the release of One Hundred Million United States Dollars ($100M) to combat COVID-19 in Ghana.
“Inasmuch as we commend the government’s efforts at putting in place some preliminary measures to prevent any outbreak of the virus, we are however not too satisfied with the country’s preparedness towards any outbreak.
From our checks so far, it is only the Kotoka International Airport (one of our major entry points) which has standardized facilities and put in place stringent measures for effective screening.” In a press release signed by the executive director of(CFF-GH),Mr Richard Kasu stated that It is interesting to note that surveillance at most borders linked to our neighbouring countries including Togo, Burkina-Faso, Cote d’Ivoire where the COVID-19 has been recorded cannot be said to be satisfactory per the established protocols.
They are of the view that Public education about the deadly virus among citizens especially those around border towns is very low and we do not think this is good for Ghana, a country listed as one of the vulnerable that could easily be hit with the pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa.
“Our other fear and grave concern has to do with the multiple entries by travellers through unapproved routes into Ghana.
These individuals do not get screened for the basic symptoms posing public health threats to the country. For instance, some officials and residents of Paga have expressed their displeasures about these worrying developments.
” The big question, however, is in the midst of the troubling issues raised; can Ghana be said to be fully prepared to prevent or contain an outbreak in the unlikely event that it does occur? Whiles at it, we recommend the following measures to help prevent or contain an outbreak in Ghana: