A total of 50,000 test kits have been procured by the government to beef up steps to treat the COVID-19 pandemic cases in the country.
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo disclosed this yesterday in his third address on measures implemented by the government to help curb the virus.
According to him, the procured test kits would soon be in the country to help health workers discharge their duties effectively and efficiently.
Nana Akufo-Addo indicated that desperate situation calls for desperate measures, therefore he was working around the clock to equip the designed facilities and professional workers in the designated areas with necessary Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).
Nana Akufo-Addo stated that the Ministry of Health was mobilising new and retired health professionals to deal with the number of cases to enable quality health delivery.
He also expressed the ministry’s commitment to step up efforts used in contact tracing, adding that anyone who has come close in contact with an infected person would be tested for the virus.
In ensuring there was no fatalities and mitigate the spread of the virus, the president appealed with the public to observe social distancing protocol, wash hands regularly with soap under running water while using alcohol based sanitisers.
He noted that life was precious and underscored the need for the citizenry to protect it in every means they could while he also adopt measures to safeguard their lives.
As part of the measures, the President announced that borders of the nation including the air, sea and land would be closed on Sunday midnight and anyone who would get into the country before the said time would be tested for the virus.
He observed that one out of the 19 infected persons the nation recorded lost his life at early hours of yesterday and would do his best to protect the lives of anyone who would test positive for the virus.
“My fellow Ghanaians the 18 people are doing well and I know this to shall pass,” the President added.
BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE