Coronavirus: Ghana secures additional GH¢11 million to prepare for the outbreak

Ghana’s Ministry of Health has secured an additional GH¢11 million to help prepare and contain an outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus: Ghana secures additional GH¢11 million to prepare for the outbreak

According to the Ministry, it is still in talks with the Finance Ministry on getting more resources at its disposal.

The Sector Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu made this known when he briefed the media on the state of the country’s preparedness on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.

“We had an initial budget of GHS35 million, got seed money of GHS 2.8 million, and we have an indication of an additional GHS11 million. Aside from these two tranches, the Finance Minister has met with Bank of Ghana where we also met with them to discuss a comprehensive budget with the view of trying to get more resources to put at our disposal towards this fight,” he said

Adding that the government is setting up a 100-bed capacity facility in a remote area to serve as a centre for quarantining persons with suspected coronavirus infection.

The minister said the facility would be ready in two weeks.

Meanwhile, the President of the nation, Nana Akufo-Addo has expressed satisfaction with the measures put in place to deal with the threat of the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

He made this known on Wednesday when he paid visits to the Kotoka International Airport, the Tema General Hospital and the Greater Accra Regional Hospital to check on the measures to combat the disease, should it surface in the country.

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