President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has toured some coronavirus dedicated centres in Accra to gauge the country’s readiness for the arrival of the ravaging disease.
Accompanied by Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, the president visited the Kotoka International Airport (KIA), Tema General Hospital and the Greater Accra Regional Hospital on Wednesday.
Covid-19 is a member of the coronavirus family that comes from animals. It has never been encountered before until the Huanan (Wuhan) incident in late December 2019 where many people in the Chinese city were affected.
Recovery depends on the strength of the immune system since many of those who have died were already in poor health, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.
“Globally, about 3.4 percent of reported Covid-19 cases have died [and] by comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1 percent of those infected,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, said at a news conference in Geneva.
He noted that Covid-19 is deadlier than the seasonal flu, but does not transmit as easily.
The disease which started in China has not spread to a total of 70 countries, including Nigeria, with more than 3,000 people dead globally.
The WHO has warned member nations to prepare for COVID-19’s arrival since the diseases does not “distinguish between races or ethnicities [and] has no regard for a country’s GDP or level of development.”
“No country should assume it won’t get cases. That could be a fatal mistake. This virus does not respect borders,” Mr Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
But Managing Director of the Ghana Airports Company Ltd, Yaw Kwakwa, has assured the president they are prepared to combat the disease.
President Akufo-Addo was taken through some scanning machines that have been fitted to check the health status of all passengers who arrive in the country.
At the Tema General Hospital, Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Richard Anthony, told President Akufo-Addo the facility is “readily prepared for the COVID-19.”
“We have an emergency response team made up of nurses, pharmacists, administrators on standby,” he told the president.