COVID-19 Local Outbreak Situation - Ghana

Ghana declared its first 2 cases of COVID-19 on 12 March 2020 and the figures are steadily increasing.

The latest situation reports are available at the Ghana Health Service dedicated website on COVID-19.

1. In response to the outbreak, the Government has issued a number of directives and other control measures to prevent further importation of cases and local transmission.  These directives include: A travel advisory – Any traveler (with the exception of Ghanaians and those with resident permits) who, within the last 14 days, has been to countries that have recorded at least 200 cases of persons infected of COVID-19, would not be permitted into the country; mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for persons who arrive in country from affected countries.

2. A 4-week ban on mass gatherings including funerals, church services and schools, effective 16 March 2020. Certain activities/events have been suspended while others are advised to open/operate only under enhanced hygiene. Please visit the Ghana Health Service website for details.

The country’s Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) was activated and has been engaged since January 2020. The EOC meetings are chaired by the Minister of Health. Response activities are organized by the following sub- groups:

  1. Coordination
  2. Surveillance/points of entry
  3. Case management
  4. Laboratory and
  5. Risk communication.

This structure is replicated at sub-national levels in the regions and districts.

The President on 11 March 2020 announced a $100 million fund for COVID-19 preparedness and response in Ghana.

For all official updates on COVID-19 visit the Government of Ghana website at: http://www.ghanahealthservice.org/covid19/

Global outbreak situation

  • WHO Situation Report:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports/

  • WHO Real Time Dashboard:

https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/685d0ace521648f8a5beeeee1b9125cd

 

 

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