Ghana acquires 50,000 Covid-19 test kits, fumigates markets to avoid spread of infection

London, March 22, 2020 (AltAfrica)-About 50,000 Covid-19-coronavirus testing kits are on the way to Ghana as the West African country announced the first death linked directly to the rampaging infection

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On Friday, the Sunyani East Municipal Assembly (SEMA) launched fumigation exercises at the Nana Bosoma Central Market and other satellite markets in the Municipality to avoid the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

In a televised speech on the progress of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic on Saturday, Ghana President, Akuffo Addo said one of the 19 victims, a 61-year-old Lebanese male trader and resident of Kumasi  died on Saturday

Ghana is acquiring additional 50,000 Covid-19 test kits, after launches fumigation exercises in the markets to avoid spread of infection (GHWEB Image)He said eight out of the 21 people who have been infected by the virus are doing well and are being managed from their homes.

President Akufo-addo added that plans have been made to procure additional 50,000 testing kits to augment the fight against the spread of the coronavirus.

The president, however, ordered the closure of Ghana’s borders from Sunday, March 22, 2020.

This, he noted, would help reduce further escalation of the Coronavirus infection rate in the country.

As Ghana closes all its borders, the West African country also plan to compulsorily quarantines all travellers arriving at its airport President Akufo-Addo announced during his broadcast to the nation on Saturday, March 21, 2020.

The address on Saturday is his third address to the nation since Ghana recorded its first case of the novel Coronavirus.

He said all the country’s borders- land, air and sea- will be closed at midnight on Sunday.

In a new development, Ghana records two new cases of COVID-19 with 1 death leaving the existing case count in the country to be 21.

The number of active cases, however, is 20.

Prior to this new development, the Ghana Health Service reported three new cases earlier on Saturday pushing the figure to 19.

Ghana fumigates markets to avoid spread of coronavirus

The Sunyani East Municipal Assembly (SEMA) on Friday fumigated the Nana Bosoma Central Market and other satellite markets in the Municipality to avoid the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

The Assembly has procured several Veronica Buckets, hand sanitizers, and medicated soaps and supplied to some senior high schools and public institutions while placing some at markets and lorry stations to aid the handwashing with soap directive.

Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene, the Sunyani Municipal Chief Executive, said the measures were to promote hand washing with soap among travellers, residents and the public to protect them from contracting the disease.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Sunyani, Madam Owusu-Banahene explained that the fumigation exercises were conducted by the Zoomlion, a waste management and sanitation company.

She said various committees on the COVID-19 had been formed at the Assembly and would soon be inaugurated to carry out their unique responsibilities.

She said the COVID-19 had become a serious health emergency in the country, which required concerted and decisive approach to tackle.

While assuring the preparedness and readiness of the Assembly to support various health institutions to avoid the spread in the Municipality, the Chief Executive advised the public to observe personal hygiene.

“All of us must always remember and comply with basic instructions, and promote hand washing with soap to avoid the spread of the COVID-19”, she advised.

Madam Owusu-Banahene urged the public to cover their nose and mouths when sneezing or coughing and avoid littering and indiscriminate dumping of refuse to keep the environment clean at all times.

This would not only stem the spread of the COVID-19 but also control the outbreak of other communicable diseases, she added.

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