Ghanaians smuggle persons infected with COVID-19 into the country – Oppong Nkrumah
Information Minister - Kojo Oppong Nkrumah
The Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has disclosed that despite the closure of Ghana’s borders, some Ghanaian citizens continue to smuggle persons infected with the novel Coronavirus disease into the country.
In an interview on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, he said government’s effort is to limit the spread and contain the virus.
“Our focus is limiting and containing the spread [of COVID-19] because we can’t say our real target is zero and we will have some occurrences so it’s your ability to early contain and limit the spread that you have look at as a measure of success.”
“In this instance, you noticed that the early efforts limited the importation of cases into the country. Even with the closure of the borders, we have Ghanaians still smuggling in positive cases into our borders but by closing the borders, we have massively reduced the risk,” the Information Minister noted.
Following the earlier cases recorded in the country, President Nana Akufo-Addo ordered for the closure of the country’s borders in March 2020.
The decision formed part of efforts to stop the spread of Coronavirus in the country which has so far infected 636 people.
Although the country has seen a considerable number of recoveries which currently stands at 17, eight persons who lost their lives from the virus.
Two Nigerian COVID-19 patience in Police Hospital custody
The Police Hospital has taken responsibility for the case management of the two Nigeriens who tested positive for COVID-19.
The two who were asymptomatic tested positive for the virus and were sent to the COVID-19 treatment centre to be observed before treatment to begin.
They, however, attempted to leave the facility a few hours later insisting that they will not remain there hence placed in police custody.