A former Communications Minister under the erstwhile John Dramni Mahama’s government, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah has bemoaned the fact said government sat aloof and allowed the number of coronavirus cases to rise.
According to him, the government could have avoided the rise in numbers if it had locked down the country by closing the borders to foreign travelers.
He made this known in a tweet sighted by MyNewsGh.com reacting to the rise in numbers of people who have tested positive.
Dr. Omane Boamah had insisted that the government needed to close down the country in order to protect the masses from the pandemic.
His tweet read “Sad Government of Ghana has sat and allowed COVID-19 to degenerate. Too late for Ghana. Lockdown Now”.
— Edward Omane Boamah (@eomaneboamah) March 26, 2020
As at the morning of 26th March 2020, a total of fifty-four (54) cases including three (3) deaths have been confirmed from the regular surveillance systems. All three (3) cases that unfortunately succumbed to the disease were aged and had underlying chronic medical conditions. All the other fifty-one (51) cases are well; fourteen (14) are being managed at home and the rest are responding well to treatment on admission in isolation. They are awaiting their test results and will be discharged when the results are negative.
The great majority of the confirmed cases are Ghanaians, who returned home from affected countries. Seven (7) are of other nationals namely: Norway, Lebanon, China, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom (UK). The number of confirmed cases among travelers under mandatory quarantine who have been tested is seventy-eight (78).
In respect of contact tracing, a total of 970 contacts have been identified and are being tracked. Out of these, two hundred and four (204) have completed the 14 days mandatory follow up.