The Minister for Health, Hon. Kwaku Agyeman-Manu has said that Ghana’s national response plan to the Covid-19 pandemic is an “All-of-Government Approach”, which is based on the Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
He said the approach adopted by his country, is underpinned by six strategic objectives and has a well-defined integrated governance structure, which is chaired by the President, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Hon. Agyeman-Manu made the remarks in a statement he delivered at the 73rd World Health Assembly, which opened today in Geneva, Switzerland.
The plan, he said, was designed to limit and stop the importation of cases by mandatory quarantine and border control measures, detect and contain cases by identification, testing and isolation of cases, which will allow for effective containment.
Others measures were to slow down community spread by ensuring social distancing measures are in place to slow down the spread of the virus, care of the sick through preparation to the provision of health care and appropriate health interventions at all levels.
The rest of the measures were intended to minimize disruption to the social and economic life of Ghanaians, especially the vulnerable, domestic capacity & self-reliance, increase the domestic capacity of all sectors to deal with existing and future shocks, in line with the government’s policy of Ghana Beyond Aid.
Hon Agyeman-Manu said since Ghana recorded its index case on March, 12, 2020, a total of 5,638 cases have been confirmed with 1,460 recoveries and 28 deaths as of May, 17, 2020. The enhanced testing strategy (currently about 165,000 tests) has proven to be effective.
Ghanaian scientists, he stated, were working to determine the strains circulating in Ghana to inform treatment options.
On global response to the pandemic, the Health Minister affirmed the importance of multilateral cooperation and global solidarity and called for a scale-up of Research and Development for medicines, therapeutics, and vaccines to address supply constraints.
Ghana, according to the Health Minister, also affirms the central role of WHO in leading and coordinating the global response to the pandemic, and assured the Assembly that Ghana will continue to enhance the tracing, testing and treatment strategy for COVID-19 cases while striving to achieve UHC and “leave no-one behind”.