Fellow Ghanaians, Good evening.
Nine days in the past, I arrived to your households and asked for you to make terrific sacrifices to save life, and to shield our motherland. I introduced the imposition of demanding limits to movement, and asked that inhabitants of the Increased Accra Metropolitan Space and Kasoa and the Bigger Kumasi Metropolitan Region and its contiguous districts to stay at residence for two weeks, in purchase to give us the possibility to stave off this pandemic. As a end result, residents of these two spots experienced to make substantial changes to our way of lifestyle, with the best purpose being to defend permanently our continued existence on this land.
They heeded the connect with, and they have tested, so much, to every other, and, in truth, to the entire entire world, that being a Ghanaian suggests we appear out for each other. Indeed, there are a number of who carry on to find strategies to be recalcitrant, but the larger bulk have complied, and have done so with quiet and dignity. Tonight, I say thank you to every and each individual 1 of you law-abiding citizens.
Let me thank, in individual, all our frontline actors who go on to put their life on the line to help make sure that we defeat the virus. To our healthcare workers, I say a massive ayekoo for the ongoing sacrifices you are earning in caring for all those infected with the virus, and in caring for the sick in basic. You are the heroes and heroines of our era, and Government will do all in its power to provide you with the pertinent tools to do your get the job done successfully.
To the guys and women of all ages of our security expert services, who have been implementing the directives, by patrolling our streets day and night time, conducting surveillance, snap checks and mounting road blocks, we are deeply in your financial debt. It is these stability measures that have created the essential framework in which our health-related personnel are in a position to pursue call tracing, tests and treatment method of persons with the virus, whose implementation gives us the most secure means to defeat the virus.
Studies I have received so significantly reveal that the law enforcement, military services and other users of our stability services have discharged their mandate with appreciable professionalism. On top of that, doing work with the Ministry of Regional Govt and Rural Enhancement, we see personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces involved in the clean up-up of our drainage techniques and of our marketplaces.
In the really handful of scenarios the place associates of our stability agencies have utilized the use of extreme force in opposition to the citizenry, in implementing the limitations on movement, the Inspector Common of Police and the Chief of Defence Employees of the Armed Forces have taken ways to investigate these types of incidents, and, they have supplied me the assurance that, people identified culpable, will be duly sanctioned. Hence significantly, the alleged wrongdoers have been withdrawn from the ongoing training. To increase command and handle, much more senior officers have been deployed at the operational level, and each individual member of our protection services collaborating in the exercise has been handed an aide-mémoire highlighting, essentially, the tips for the operation.
Nonetheless, I am particularly disturbed by the steps of a couple of, unpatriotic persons, who are deliberately passing off and circulating outdated videos of alleged brutality by associates of the protection agencies, mostly of international origin, and presenting them as nevertheless they were new incidents by Ghanaian stability personnel, which have transpired through the study course of this past week. It is sad, it is unfortunate, and it have to finish. We must all be in this combat with each other, and there is nothing to be gained with common fabrication and distribution of these types of videos, whose sole purpose is to build discontent, and undermine the believe in of the populace in the males and females of our security providers. Who gains from these types of perform? Nobody in their ideal senses! The regulation enforcement businesses are decided to track down the originators of these anti-social acts.
Fellow Ghanaians, as I have claimed ahead of, all that Federal government is executing is intended to obtain five vital targets – limit and prevent the importation of the virus incorporate its spread provide ample care for the sick limit the effect of the virus on social and financial lifestyle and encourage the growth of our domestic capability and deepen our self-reliance.
As at today, Sunday, April 5, our existing condition is these that we have recorded a full of 214 circumstances. The Greater Accra Location has a person hundred and 189 situations, followed by the Ashanti Region with 12, Northern Region 10 10, Upper West Location just one, Eastern Area a person, and Upper East Region one.
The 10 from the Northern Region are the West African nationals who entered our nation illegally, soon after the closure of the borders. In full, 3 individuals have completely recovered from the ailment, 49 individuals have been discharged from procedure facilities, and are being managed from dwelling and the remaining 155 are responding to treatment method. Two persons are reasonably sick, and 5 folks, as I claimed in advance of, have dropped their life.
Of the just one thousand and thirty (1,030) travellers, who were mandatorily quarantined and examined on their arrival in Ghana on the 21st and 22nd of March, seventy-nine (79) were originally identified to be constructive, and ideal preparations have been produced for their isolation and therapy. Subsequently, just after twelve (12) even further times of quarantine, 20-six (26) other people ended up observed to be beneficial as a outcome of their 2nd examination, bringing the total quantity of these located to be positive to one hundred and 5 (105), all of whom have been isolated for therapy. Of the remaining 9 hundred and twenty-five (925) persons, who have gone through two checks and uncovered to be damaging, eight hundred and four (804) have been introduced from quarantine to be a part of their families. The remaining one hundred and twenty-1 (121) are, as I converse, in the course of action of remaining introduced. I want to thank all of them and their people and cherished kinds for their understanding and co-procedure with the stringent methods that Govt was pressured to deploy in the community fascination.
Endeavours also at contact tracing have been ramped up in excess of the program of the past week. Indeed, for every confirmed situation of COVID-19, all the contacts have been detailed, monitored and tracked. On top of that, in the household or spot of work of a verified scenario, all folks, be they at property or at operate, have been tested, no matter whether they experienced signs and symptoms or not. Within just the locality or neighbourhood of a verified scenario, the chance is also being provided for folks to undergo voluntary testing to verify the extent of neighborhood spread.
We are, as a result, about to enter a vital stage of our struggle in the coming 7 days, as the Ghana Health and fitness Company is owing to obtain the success of some 15,384 out of nineteen thousand, 19,276 individuals who have been reached by contact tracing. It is the effects of these tests that will establish our long run program of action. Government’s policy and steps will keep on to be driven by the science in this make any difference. The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Investigation (CSIR) are now partnering authorities in the struggle. I achieved with their reps on Friday, and arranged with them a system for the realisation of this partnership. The nation and I respect their involvement.
So, in the training course of the coming 7 days, a resolve will be created as to no matter whether or not to extend the length of the two-week restriction on movement, and the implementation or otherwise of any more enhanced measures to offer with the virus. I have, on the other hand, by Government Instrument, extended the closure of our borders for two extra weeks, until eventually additional recognize. The information tells us that the mind-boggling bulk of confirmed instances arrived from travellers or from persons who have arrive into call with travellers.
Fellow Ghanaians, tonight, I stand prior to you to inquire for your ongoing endurance, guidance, vigilance and adherence to the steps. Enable each individual 1 of us play his or her part to improve our collective attempts at made up of the distribute of the virus, which will empower us to hasten the lifting of these limits, and returning the country to normalcy.
I was encouraged by the appreciation of Government’s dealing with of the pandemic, and the offer of assist by the management of the big political get-togethers in the country, whom I achieved on Friday. I applaud Parliament’s conclusion to connect with off its planned recess, and be on standby to support in the fight towards the virus. I thank personnel of the College of Ghana’s Noguchi Memorial Institute for Healthcare Analysis, the Kwame Nkrumah College of Science and Technology’s Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research, and the Countrywide General public Well being Reference Laboratory of the Korle-bu Teaching Hospital for the good work they are executing for Mom Ghana.
I am pretty grateful to the people today and institutions, who have responded to my enchantment for donations to be created into the COVID-19 National Have faith in Fund, which has been proven to complement Government’s combat towards the virus, and to help in the welfare of the needy and the susceptible. A total sum of some ¢8.75 million, which includes $600,000 has been gained so far for this objective. I am pleased that so quite a few appointees of my federal government have also adopted my illustration by donating their salaries to the Fund.
We are in hard situations, and that is why I directed the Minister for Finance to ship to Parliament the Coronavirus Alleviation Programme (CAP), whose goal is to protect households and livelihoods, help micro, compact, and medium-sized companies, minimise position losses, and resource more funding for promotion of industries to shore up and grow industrial output for domestic consumption and exports.
By way of this Programme, the Ministries of Gender, Children and Social Safety and Area Governing administration and Rural Growth, and the National Catastrophe Management Organisation (NADMO), operating with MMDCEs and the faith-based mostly organisations, have started to present foods for up to four hundred thousand (400,000) folks and properties in the affected spots of the limitations. This begun in Accra right now, and will commence in Kumasi tomorrow. It will appear in the type of dry meals deals and very hot foods, and will be sent to vulnerable communities in Accra, Tema, Kumasi and Kasoa.
All over again, the Ghana H2o Enterprise Ltd and the Electric power Firm of Ghana have been directed to ensure the steady source of drinking water and energy for the duration of this time period. In addition, there will be no disconnection of offer. Furthermore, govt will take up the drinking water costs for all Ghanaians for the future a few months, i.e. April, Might and June. All water tankers, publicly and privately-owned, are also going to be mobilised to be certain the offer of drinking water to all vulnerable communities.
Government, in collaboration with the National Board for Smaller Scale Industries (NBSSI), Company & Trade Associations and selected Business and Rural Banks, will roll out a smooth mortgage scheme up to a complete of six hundred million cedis (GH¢600 million), which will have a just one-year moratorium and two-calendar year repayment interval for micro, compact and medium scale corporations. Fellow Ghanaians, it is very important that we shield the life of our frontline overall health employees, who are jeopardizing their life every single working day to fight this virus. That is why government is positioning a large priority on the procurement of personalized protecting products (PPEs) for them. Therefore considerably, 3 hundred and fifty 350,000 masks, 558,650 evaluation gloves, 1 thousand (1,000) reusable goggles, 20,000 deal with-alls, 7,000 N-95 respirators, 500. watertight gumboots, 2,000 reusable facial area shields, 2,000 gallons of hand sanitizers, 10,000 100ml parts of hand sanitizers, and 5 500 shoe handles have been despatched to the regional wellness directorates, for onward distribution to the district wellbeing directorates for use by our wellness personnel in all the districts. The Minister for Wellness is ensuring that they reach the health personnel. This, notwithstanding, Govt is informed that much more desires to be accomplished, in particular in the encounter of the global scarcity of PPEs.
It is for this motive that Authorities is actively engaged with nearby manufacturing corporations to aid them in the domestic output of PPEs., and I am inspired by the response from the Ghanaian non-public sector. Domestic production of confront masks, head addresses, surgical scrubs and robes will commence from Tuesday. For case in point, 3 million, 6 hundred thousand facial area masks will be made domestically, with an output of 150,000 for every working day. I am similarly impressed with the invention of a photo voltaic-powered handwashing sink by Jude Osei from Kumasi, and the ‘COVID-19 avoidance digital bucket’ produced by Kelvin Owusu Dapaah and Richard Boateng, each learners of Obuasi Senior Large and Specialized Faculty. Necessity, indeed, is the mom of creation, as the Ghanaian feeling of company and innovation is commencing to be felt.
An coverage package deal, with an certain sum of ¢350,000 for each well being staff and allied qualified at the forefront of the fight, has been put in spot, with a daily allowance of ¢150 being compensated to contact tracers. Governing administration has also resolved that all wellbeing personnel will not pay taxes on their emoluments for the future a few months, i.e. April, Could and June. In addition, all frontline wellbeing staff will get an added allowance of 50% of their simple salary per month, i.e. for March, April, May and June. The March allowance will be paid out together with that of April. The Ministry of Transport is also generating offered, for no cost, ‘Aayalolo’ buses to express wellbeing workers in Accra, Tema, Kumasi and Kasoa to and from do the job, together specific routes, for the full period of the limits.
I am delighted that operators of general public transportation, these as trotros and taxis, are mostly adhering to the admonition to observe social distancing in their automobiles. Every one of them really should do so.
To guaranteeing the cleanliness of our state, especially in the Bigger Accra and the Bigger Kumasi regions, which are at this time the subjects of the restrictions, the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Means, together with some 400 personnel drawn from the Police, Military services, Fire Service and Prisons Assistance, from Friday, 3rd April, to now, Sunday, 5th April, have embarked on desilting our gutters, selection and disposal of rubbish from residences, general public locations, markets and car terminals. We need to guarantee that the stop of this physical exercise will direct to a new angle towards cleanliness in our surroundings. That would be a beneficial legacy from this disaster. MMDAs outside the regions afflicted by the restrictions have been directed to emulate this clean up-up work out.
As at Saturday, April 4, markets and lorry terminals in 13 locations have been cleaned and sprayed, with the a few other regions established to abide by in the coming couple times. We have experienced to just take the further action of closing a several marketplaces in Accra and Kumasi, where traders and marketplace females had flouted the principles for social distancing. Some districts have also embraced the plan of alternate-days-for-different-goods, in a bid to decongest the markets and make certain social-distancing.
I am totally informed of the disruptions to your lives occasioned by these actions. Your personalized movements, way of everyday living, the schooling of your small children, your livelihoods have all been disturbed by this virus. But, believe me, the actions are important if we are to no cost ourselves permanently of this pestilence.
So, fellow Ghanaians, I will keep on, passionately, to charm to you to notice recommended social distancing and great personalized hygiene to have group distribute. These increased cleanliness protocols should turn into a section of our each day life. We should not abandon them. And, remember, that the law enforcement organizations are heading to improve their enforcement of the keep-at-home directive. Do not leave your residences other than for the crucial, stipulated explanations. The cynics concern our ability for the servicing of discipline in this time period, and in its aftermath having said that, I am assured that we will verify them improper. Ghanaians normally increase up to the occasion, and we will do so all over again. United, we are heading to get this fight.
I am privileged to be talking to you on a sacred working day of the Christian calendar, Palm Sunday, which ushers in the Holy Week to commemorate the enthusiasm and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Enable His illustration unite all of us, Christians, Muslims, all Ghanaians, in our treatment for each and every other, and in our take care of to get over this problem. This, much too, shall pass!
Alongside one another, enable us guarantee that the scourge of this virus turns into nothing at all but a momentary blip on the fortunes of our country, and we will go on to realise the vision and aspirations of our forebears, who envisioned Ghana to be a free, democratic, affluent country, the beacon of liberty and justice, the Black Star of Africa, the harbinger of a new black civilisation in which the dignity and prosperity of black persons everywhere you go are confident.
Could God bless us all, and our homeland Ghana, and make her fantastic and strong.
I thank you for your notice.