General News of Monday, 30 March 2020Source: pulse.com.gh50% of what Ghanaians know about coronavirus is misinformation – ReportFile PhotoDespite it being a public health problem, the auxiliary effect of this pandemic cuts across all facets of life in terms of health, economics, education, just to mention a few. With the majority (74%) of Ghanaians believing they know "a lot" and a few saying they know "some or only a little" about Covid-19, the average score of Ghanaians who took the test on Covid-19 myths was 50%. Thus on average, Ghanaians believe in about half of the misinformation thrown out there to them. and radio/TV were the widely stated sources of information on Covid-19 among 88% and 59% of Ghanaians. It is recommended that Ghanaians seek relevant information from credible authorities and that public health stakeholders address some of these misconceptions that are widely spread among Ghanaians.
March 30, 2020 09:56 UTC
Business News of Monday, 30 March 2020Source: www.ghanaweb.comCoronavirus: GH¢100m Private Sector Fund created to finance govt interventionsPresident Akufo Addo on Friday night, March 27 also announced the creation of a COVID-19 FundThe Private Sector has taken the initiative to establish the Ghana Private Sector ‘COVID-19 Fund’ as part of efforts to partly assist and finance government interventions in the fight against the novel Coronavirus outbreak in the country. The Fund was launched at a ceremony on Sunday, March 29 and will be overseen by appointed trustees, fund managers, custodians, and fund auditors to ensure that money donated will be judiciously used. Meanwhile, President Akufo Addo on Friday night, March 27 announced the creation of a COVID-19 Fund with three months of his salary as a seed fund support. According to him, the fund will go to support the well-being of individuals who will be adversely affected by the novel Coronavirus pandemic. On Sunday, he inaugurated the Board of Trustees of the COVID-19 National Trust Fund, at a brief ceremony at Jubilee House.
March 30, 2020 09:33 UTC
General News of Monday, 30 March 2020Source: Ghanaian TimesCourt ruling on NIA mass registration is affront to President’s directives – Minority LeaderHaruna Iddrisu, Minority leaderHaruna Iddrisu, Minority Leader in Parliament has described the ruling in favour of the National Identification Authority (NIA) to continue with its mass registration exercise as an affront to the President’s directives that, not more than 25 people should congregate at a place to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. He said the court, per its ruling by extension, has given licence to the public such that citizens would now be better justified to disrespect the President’s directives by worshipping and doing any other things which could bring people together. Addressing the Parliamentary Press Corps last Friday, he said the court was prioritising elections at the peril of Ghanaian lives, since the National Identification Card has become one of the conditions under which people qualified to be registered for the new voter’s register and exercise their franchise in this year’s general elections. He said the postponement of the registration was not as a result of the coronavirus, which the EC wanted everyone to believe, since the real fact was that, the instrument, which was to give legal backings to the registration, was not ready. Send your news stories to and via WhatsApp on +233 55 2699 625.
March 30, 2020 07:07 UTC
Politics of Monday, 30 March 2020Source: mynewsgh.com‘Heartless’ NDC politicizing coronavirus – Dominic NitiwulDominic NitiwulMembers of the minority had earlier through its leader, Haruna Iddrisu, said they will not be able to attend sitting on Saturdays as working overtime amid the Coronavirus scare can weaken their immune system. The side indeed did not show up for yesterday’s sitting – a decision Defence Minister and Member of Parliament for Bimbilla constituency Dominic Nitiwul labelled as ‘unpatriotic’ and ‘heartless’. Speaker, everywhere around the world, nations are coming together to fight this Coronavirus. Mr. Speaker, nothing is more important than putting politics aside and fighting Coronavirus which is an invisible enemy. Mr. Speaker for the NDC to boycott Parliament at this time is uncalled for, unpatriotic and a stab on the back of Ghanaians,” he said on the floor of Parliament.
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Health News of Monday, 30 March 2020Source: razznews.comCoronavirus: Tobinco Pharmaceuticals donates medical supplies to Ministry of HealthKwaku Agyemang-Manu receiving the medical supplies from TobincoOne of the leading pharmaceutical companies in West Africa, Tobinco Pharmaceuticals Limited, has donated medical supplies worth GHC251,000 to the Ministry of Health. The products donated included immune-boosting drugs such as Tofcee, and Zincvite manufactured by the Entrance Pharmaceuticals and Research Centre, also a member of the Tobinco Group. Chairman of Tobinco Group, the parent company of the Tobinco Pharmaceuticals Limited, Elder Samuel Nana Amo Tobbin I, called on fellow pharmaceutical companies to come out and support Ghanaians as the country battles the Covid-19 pandemic. He further explained that gesture was in line with Tobinco Pharmaceuticals’ Corporate Social Responsibility. The Tobinco boss urged the public to adhere to the safety guidelines provided by the health authorities to prevent the spread of the pandemic.
March 30, 2020 04:41 UTC
Regional News of Monday, 30 March 2020Source: Source: Joseph Amoo, ContributorMpohor MP's miraculous road construction signpost vanishesThe signpost which has since been removedA comedy of errors has blown the stack of many in the Mpohor constituency leading to condemnation of daylight propaganda and deceptive manoeuvrings in the area. Construction coming soon" was mounted along this stretch of road, only for it to be quickly removed overnight following a public backlash. We are waiting for the next line of action - distribution of flat screen television sets, and gas cylinders by the Mp, Ankomah revealed. "Who puts out a signpost announcing that a road construction is coming soon, what do they take us for", residents asked, and lambasted some NPP executives and local government officials for this shameful pillory. Nana Abena Nkrumah, a 75-year-old farmer in Mpohor, said "good beads do not talk ", and that if the Mpohor Mp had done enough for the people, and respected traditional leaders in the area, such a cheap propaganda strategy would not have been necessary.
March 30, 2020 04:41 UTC
General News of Monday, 30 March 2020Source: GNAGAF won’t deploy Burma Camp troops to KumasiFile photoThe Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) Sunday denied reports of deploying troops to Kumasi, saying it does not also intend to do so. Its role in the Operation COVID-19 Safety, it said, was also not to intimidate citizens but to provide security to them. “The imputed threatening statement has been found to have been deliberately doctored. The resulting negative image for GAF, the statement said, could therefore not be over-emphasised. It urged the public to disregard the report in its entirety and trust in the GAF as a Force for good.
March 30, 2020 03:45 UTC
Regional News of Monday, 30 March 2020Source: GNAAflao Traditional Council offers sacrifices to stop coronavirusAflao traditional priests offering sacrifice to deities of the landTraditional priests in Aflao have offered an animal sacrifice to deities of the land to expel "evil spirits" believed to be responsible for COVID 19. The rituals were centred at the three entry and exit points in the area - Kpoglu Border, Beat 9, Aflao Border and ended with the slaughtering of a goat to the ‘dulegba’ (deity of Aflao) near the palace of Torgbui Fiti V, Paramount Chief of the Aflao Traditional area. The rituals, which the priests termed elimination of diseases followed earlier public consultations of deities in the Traditional Area to ascertain the cause of the pandemic. The priests said the significance of the rituals, which involved the invocation of the gods and the ancestors was to prevent the pandemic from entering the Aflao Traditional Area, Ketu South and cleanse Ghana of the impurities, which had brought the disease. Aflao Traditional Council is the first in the Ketu South Municipality to offer sacrifices to the gods to ward off COVID-19 though the other two, Klikor Traditional Area and Somey Traditional Area had earlier consulted the deities for the same purpose of cleansing the land.
March 30, 2020 03:07 UTC
Regional News of Monday, 30 March 2020Source: GNABoniface Gambila donates hand sanitizers to health centres in NabdamBoniface GambilaMr Boniface Gambila, New Patriotic Party (NPP) Parliamentary Candidate for Nabdam Constituency, has donated five boxes of alcohol based hand sanitizers to health centres within the constituency. The sanitizers of 24 bottles in each box were given to the Nabdam sub-district health facilities namely, Sakoti, Pelungu, Nangodi, Logre/Kongo and Zanlerigu. The health facilities are to also distribute the sanitizers to other CHPS Compounds in their various areas. Mr Gambila advised the constituents to report to the health professionals people with suspected fever, coughing, sneezing and difficulty in breathing for urgent testing. He said adherence to the above directives is key to the safety of health workers and the entire citizenry.
Business News of Monday, 30 March 2020Source: GNAFDA monitors hand sanitizers on the marketFile photoThe Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has begun monitoring all hand sanitizers on the markets in the Eastern Region to ensure that they were alcohol based and met the required quality and quantity. According to Mr Samuel Kwakye, Eastern Regional Director of FDA, the exercise was to rid the market of sub-standard produced hand sanitizers that had flooded the market, to ensure the safety of all citizens in this trying times of the COVID-19. He explained that the exercise was to encourage people who had taken advantage of the demand for hand sanitizers and were producing for the market to register their products with the FDA as well as to ensure that it contained the 70 per cent alcohol required. He indicated that studies had shown that hand sanitizers with alcohol levels below 60 per cent were not effective in any way and expressed the hope that by the end of the exercise all sanitizers on the market would have met the 70 per cent alcohol content. Lately, all sorts of hand sanitizers have hit the market due to demand in the face of the coronavirus, some do not have any label indicating the ingredients, the few that have labels just show the names and telephone numbers of the manufacturers only.
Regional News of Monday, 30 March 2020Source: GNAAgona West MP donates 3,000 hand sanitizers to Police and othersCynthia Morrison, Minister for Gender, Children and Social ProtectionMrs Cynthia Morrison, Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection has donated 3,000 alcohol based hand sanitizers and other sanitary items to the security forces and other organizations in the Sweden Area. Other beneficiaries are Agona West Polling Station executives of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), market women, transport unions, chiefs, public institutions, churches, Muslim communities and civil society organizations. The Gender Minister urged residents of Agona West to regularly and thoroughly wash their hands with soap under running water and or clean with an alcohol-based hand sanitizers to reduce the spread of the virus. The Minister urged Ghanaians to cultivate the culture of cleanliness even after the dangerous Coronavirus infection was over. He said the Police and other Security Agencies in the Agona West Municipality were on high alert and would not compromise their work.
General News of Monday, 30 March 2020Source: GNACoronavirus: CSOs call for multistakeholder forum for resource mobilisationFile photoCivil Society Organisations including networks, coalitions and associations, under the Ghana Civil Society Organisations Platform (CSOs) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and others have appealed to the government to convey a multi-stakeholder forum to mobilise resources for the national response on COVID-19. It said the over 400 CSOs operating in Ghana were mobilising for donations from all and sundry and had thus announced the establishment of a CSOs COVID-19 Response Committee to manage the CSOs COVID-19 Fund. The statement said the Fund would complement government’s efforts by supporting the poor and the vulnerable groups as well as frontline health workers. "We will request that humanitarian workers are considered as essential workers within the period of the lockdown," the statement added. The group called for subsidised social services in basic essentials by freezing or reducing tariffs on access to water, electricity, and communication for all citizens.
March 30, 2020 00:56 UTC
Regional News of Monday, 30 March 2020Source: GNAHohoe recording high numbers of lockdown 'escapees'A high number of people escaping a partial lockdownThe Hohoe Municipality is recording high numbers of people escaping a partial lockdown of Accra, Kumasi, Tema and Obuasi as directed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in response to the Coronavirus disease. Some of the travellers who said they were from Ashaiman and Madina in Accra, said they were going to Dambai, Krachi and Nkwanta in the Oti Region. Mr Justice Thomas Woembo, Hohoe Chairman, Ghana Private Road and Transport Union (GPRTU) told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that, a lot of people had returned from Accra with some of them continuing their journey to other towns. The GNA observed that most passengers who alighted from a Madina to Hohoe bound vehicle were in nose masks. Some passengers said they preferred to be home with their relatives than to be lockdown in the cities.
March 30, 2020 00:45 UTC
General News of Monday, 30 March 2020Source: 3news.comYour desperation to stock up for lockdown unnecessary – Ambrose Dery to panic buyersFile photoInterior Minister Ambrose Dery has described as unnecessary, the desperation by some residents of Accra and Kumasi to stock up some basic household essentials and food items ahead of a partial lockdown in parts of the country. For him, their action clearly demonstrates a misunderstanding of President Nana Akufo-Addo’s declaration of a partial lockdown in Accra, Tema, Kasoa and Kumasi. “I’ve just gone around a few places today and there appears to be a misunderstanding about some of the things; the rush to buy things, the rush to buy food is totally unnecessary,” he told the parliamentary press corps on Saturday. “Filling stations, gas stations are unnecessary crowded,” Mr Dery observed, noting “they will remain open”. Meanwhile, the Minister has questioned the decision by some banks which normally work on Saturdays, to close their branches yesterday.
March 30, 2020 00:30 UTC
Regional News of Monday, 30 March 2020Source: GNASupport national efforts to stop coronavirus - Effutu Traditional CouncilNeenyi Ghartey VII, Effutu OmanheneThe Effutu Traditional Council has suspension of this year’s Aboakyer Festival of the Effutu Traditional Area with immediate effect. It called on all residents of Effutuman to rigorously follow the directives given by the government on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) without hesitation. “Let us all contribute our quota and support this national effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our areas and Ghana as a whole,” it stated. This was contained in a statement issued in Winneba and signed by Neenyi Ghartey VII, Effutu Omanhene and copied to the Ghana News Agency. The statement announced the suspension of this year’s Aboakyer Festival of the Effutu Traditional Area.
March 30, 2020 00:22 UTC