President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has disclosed that the construction of a 100-bed Infectious Disease and Isolation Facility at the Ga East Municipal Hospital will be completed in six(6) weeks.
The President made this revelation in his 7th Nation Address on Sunday, April 18, 2020 on the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to him, the construction of the facility will be undertaken by a 48-Engineer Regiment of the Ghana Armed Forces and funded through a public-private partnership.
”Last Friday, I was honoured to do the virtual sod-cutting ceremony for the construction of a 100-bed Infectious Disease and Isolation Facility at the Ga East Municipal Hospital, which is being funded through a public-private partnership, under the leadership of the Ghana COVID-19 Private Sector Fund., and whose construction, with the assistance of the 48-Engineer Regiment of the Ghana Armed Forces, will be completed in six (6) weeks. Members of the Private Sector Fund have, indeed, acted like citizens, and not spectators, in these testing times for our country, and their patriotism is to be loudly praised”, the President indicated.
He further outlined other measures by the government to fight the pandemic saying ”we have also scaled up the domestic production of personal protective equipment, and our health care facilities, so far, have taken delivery of fourteen thousand, five hundred and fifty (14,550) scrubs, eleven thousand, nine hundred (11,900) gowns, nineteen thousand, nine hundred and eighty (19,980) head covers, two hundred and sixty-three thousand, two hundred and eighty one (263,281) nose masks, thirteen thousand, and two (13,002) N-95 nose masks. Forty-one thousand, one hundred and seventeen (41,117) varying sizes of sanitizers have also been produced locally and delivered to our health facilities”.
COVID-19 Case Count
Ghana has recorded 1042 cases of the COVID-19 with 99 recovery cases and 9 deaths. Over 60000 people whose samples were taken have tested negative.
The percentage of positive cases stands at 1.5% out of 68,591 samples.
There is a backlog of eighteen thousand (18000) tests whose results are yet to be released.
”Fellow Ghanaians, since the first two (2) cases of infections were recorded on our shores, we have, till date, traced some eighty-six thousand (86,000) contacts, out of which we have test results of sixty-eight thousand, five hundred and ninety-one (68,591) contacts. There is, thus, a backlog of some eighteen thousand (18,000) tests whose results are yet to be received.
The overwhelming majority of these contacts have been established in the last three weeks of the partial lockdown in Accra and Kumasi. Out of this number, one thousand and forty-two (1,042) persons, i.e. 1.5%, have been confirmed as positive, with sixty-seven thousand, five hundred and forty-nine (67,549), i.e. 98.5%, testing negative; ninety-nine (99) persons have recovered and have been discharged; and nine hundred and thirty (930) persons, who have been isolated, are responding to treatment either in their homes or in treatment facilities. These nine hundred and thirty (930) persons, after their treatment, will soon undergo the mandatory two (2) tests to determine if they have also recovered from the virus or otherwise”, portions of the President’s speech read.