COVID-19: Ghana Red Cross Society Receives US$150,000.00 from Supreme Master Ching Hai

 

The Supreme Master Ching Hai International has donated an amount of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars (US$150,000) to the Ghana Red Cross Society as its contribution to the fight against the novel, Coronavirus in Ghana.

The donation of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars (US$150,000) equivalent to Eight Hundred and Thirty-Three Thousand, Three Hundred Ghana Cedis (GHc 833,300) is as a response to an appeal made by the Ghana Red Cross Society to organizations, corporate institutions as well individuals to enable them support government’s effort to combat the pandemic (COVID-19) in the country.

The Ghana Red Cross Society, one of the largest humanitarian organisation in the country is a member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) which was established by an Act of Parliament as an auxiliary to the government to provide relief to the suffering of most vulnerable in times of emergency.

Receiving the Cheque of US$150,000 from the Supreme Master Ching Hai International through its Local Branch here in Ghana at a ceremony at the headquarters of the Ghana Red Cross in Accra, the President of the Society, Lawyer Gyimah-Akwafo thanked the Supreme Master for her kind gesture and her humanitarian works across the globe.

He, therefore, assured the Country local representative of the Supreme Master International of making good use of this amount as Ghana Red Cross Society is committed and determined to complement government efforts to reverse the spread of COVID-19 pandemic and its socioeconomic impact on the society.

“This amount of money would be put to the exact use it was meant for”, he assured the donors.

On their part, the Supreme Master Ching Hai International believes that this amount would go a long way to help the course and mandate of the Ghana Red Cross Society across the country.

And assured the Society of the Supreme Master Ching Hai Prayers and Mercy from Heaven as they collectively work together to fight the novel, Coronavirus.

In a related development, an organisation that seeks to transform lives through innovation, Project Maji also donated some Handwashing Stands to aid the Red Cross Society fight against COVID-19.

These Handwashing stands would enable one to be able to wash his or her hands without touching the tap of the Veronica bucket, hence easy washing of hands via stepping on a feet panel that opens the tap for the flow of water.

SITUATION UPDATE, COVID-19 OUTBREAK IN GHANA AS AT 27 APRIL 2020

PREVENTIVE MEASURES FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC

  1. Stay at home; Observe social distancing; Avoid handshaking
  2. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  3. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, dispose the tissue in a closed bin, and then wash your hands.
  4. Always wear a mask particularly if you have to leave home
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects or surfaces such as remote controls and doorknobs.
  7. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  8. Stay home if you are sick. Call your doctor if you develop fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing call any of the following toll-free numbers: 112, 0509497700 & 0558439868.

Source: https://www.ghanahealthservice.org/covid19/archive.php

SITUATION UPDATE, COVID-19 OUTBREAK IN GHANA – 19 APRIL 2020

The Ghana Health Service is continuing with the supervision of the completion of a backlog of laboratory samples which have been picked for testing for COVID-19.

Total samples tested so far now stands at 68,591 with 1.52 % testing positive. The results of these backlog of samples when released does not mean the number of new cases recorded on the day of the report. Regions that have reported cases remain the Greater Accra, Ashanti, Eastern, Northern, Volta, Upper East, Upper West, Central, Western and North East regions.

Source: https://www.ghanahealthservice.org/covid19/#

Coronavirus: Ghana Red Cross earmarks GH¢5 million to support govt

 

Over the next six months, Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS) would spend five million Ghana cedis to support efforts by Government to mitigate the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 crisis.

Mr. Kwame Gyimah-Akwafo, GRCS President, announced this when the GRCS distributed foodstuffs to 5,000 households in Madina in La Nkwantanang-Madina Municipal in the Greater Accra Region.

He said GH¢ 970,000 would go into providing food and essential items to 50,000 vulnerable households in Accra and Kumasi, the hardest-hit areas.

The package includes educational materials on measures to stay safe.

The GRCS would also support key areas such as social mobilisation, risk communication, contact tracing and early detection.

The Society has already begun intense public awareness on the disease in the two cities.

Mr Gyimah-Akwafo urged the public to strictly comply with the Ghana Health Service’s protocols, such as staying at home, frequent handwashing with soap under running water, use of hand alcohol-based sanitisers, social distancing and proper use of disposable tissue when coughing or sneezing.

He also reminded the public that any individual could get infected by the respiratory disease, even after taking precautionary measures, therefore, warned against stigmatising patients.

Source: https://www.ghanaweb.com/

SITUATION UPDATE, COVID-19 OUTBREAK IN GHANA AS AT 15 APRIL 2020, 22:55 HRS

Two weeks since the institution of enhanced surveillance, restriction of movement and continuous public education to prevent the spread of cases of COVID-19, several cases have been recorded

As of 14th April 2020, at 23:00HRS, a total of 50,719 persons have been tested with 641 being positive for COVID-19. The breakdown of the 641 positive cases are as follows: seventeen (17) have been treated, reverted to negative on repeat tests and discharged. Furthermore, 66 have tested negative once and awaiting the second test. This brings together a total of 83 cases that have been recovered/discharged. 548 cases have been categorized as mild disease and are on treatment, two (2) are categorized as moderate to severe cases, none in the critical state currently and eight (8) have died.

The five (5) new cases were recorded in the following locations; one from Adenta Municipality and two (2) each from Ayawaso East and Ayawaso Central Municipalities. With the exception of one of the cases from Ayawaso East, all the new cases are asymptomatic. Contacts of the new cases are being listed for follow up.

Of the 641 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 268 were reported from two from the routine surveillance, 258 from enhanced surveillance activities and 115 from travellers who were previously under mandatory quarantine in Accra and Tamale.

Regions that have reported cases are Greater Accra, Ashanti, Central, Eastern, Western, Volta, Northern, North East, Upper East, and Upper West regions.

Source: https://www.ghanahealthservice.org/covid19/

Situation Update, COVID-19 Outbreak in Ghana as at 11 April 2020, 23:59 Hrs

Over the past thirteen (13) days (since the introduction of the enhanced surveillance), a number of measures have been introduced to control and prevent further spread of COVID-19 in Ghana. Among these include restrictive movement in the hotspots of the outbreak, intensive contact tracing and laboratory testing, social distancing, and intensive public education. These measures have resulted in a sudden increase in case detection, with a high number of cases being reported.

As of 11 April 2020, 23:00 Hrs, a total of 37,954 persons have been tested with 566 being positive for COVID-19. The breakdown of the 566 positive cases are as follows: four (4) have been treated, discharged and tested negative, 552 cases have been categorized as mild disease on treatment, two (2) moderate to severe cases, none currently on ventilators and eight (8) have died.

Of the 566 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 292 were reported from the routine surveillance, 159 from enhanced surveillance activities and 115 from travellers under mandatory quarantine in both Accra and Tamale.

Regions that have reported cases are Greater Accra, Ashanti, Central, Eastern, Western, Volta, Northern, North East, Upper East, and Upper West.

Source: https://www.ghanahealthservice.org/covid19/#

Situation Update, COVID-19 Outbreak in Ghana as at 09 April 2020, 22:00 Hrs

Over the past eleven (11) days, a number of measures have been introduced to control and prevent further spread of COVID-19 in Ghana. Among these include restrictive movement in the hotspots of the outbreak, enhanced surveillance including intensive contact tracing and laboratory testing. These measures have resulted in a sudden increase in case detection, with a high number of cases being reported.

As of 09 April 2020, 22:00 HRS, a total of 37,405 samples (from routine and enhanced surveillance) have been collected. Out of these, 14,611 have been tested with 378 being positive for COVID-19. The breakdown of the 378 positive cases are as follows: four (4) have been treated, discharged and have tested negative, 366 cases have been categorized as mild to moderate disease on treatment, two (2) cases are currently on ventilators and six (6) have died.

Of the 378 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 192 were reported from the routine surveillance, 71 from enhanced surveillance activities and 115 from travellers under mandatory quarantine in both Accra and Tamale.

Regions that have reported cases are Greater Accra, Ashanti, Central, Eastern, Northern, North East, Upper East and Upper West regions.

Source: https://www.ghanahealthservice.org/covid19/

Situation Update, Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Ghana as at 06 April 2020, 23:30 Hrs

Following measures for enhanced contact tracing and testing, Ghana has detected an increased number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

As at 6th April 2020, 23:30hr, a total of 287 cases of COVID-19 with five (5) deaths have been recorded. The regional distribution of the cases are as follows: Greater Accra Region has most cases (258) followed by the Ashanti Region (18), Northern Region (10), Upper West Region (1), Eastern Region (1) and Upper East Region (1).

A total of 172 cases were reported from the routine and enhanced surveillance activities and those from travellers under mandatory quarantine in both Accra and Tamale are 115.

The period for mandatory quarantine for travellers who arrived 21-22 March 2020 has ended. In all, a total 1,030 travellers were quarantined during the period. Out of these, 79 (7.7%) were positive during the initial testing whilst 951 were negative. Twenty-six (26) among those that were initially negative were found to have converted to be positive at the exit screening, bringing to a total of 105 which constitutes 10.2% among the travellers that were quarantined.

Epi Curve of COVID-19 case-patients, Ghana, March -April 2020
COVID-19 case-patients by sex and age group, Ghana, March -April 2020

Source: https://www.ghanahealthservice.org/covid19/

Situation Update, Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Ghana as at 05 April 2020, 22:00 Hrs

No new confirmed case has been recorded after the previous update.

As at 4th April 2020, 22:00 hr, a total of 214 cases of COVID-19 with five (5) deaths have been recorded. The regions that have reported cases are as follows: Greater Accra Region has most cases (189) followed by the Ashanti Region (12), Northern Region (10), Upper West Region (1), Eastern Region (1) and Upper East Region (1).

Most of the cases are reported from routine / enhanced surveillance activities. Cases from travellers under mandatory quarantine are 90.

The period for mandatory quarantine for travellers who arrived 21-22 March 2020 end by the close of today. In all, a total 1,030 travellers were quarantined during the period. Out of these, 79 (7.7%) were positive during the initial testing whilst 951 were negative. Twenty-five (25) among those that were initially negative were found to have converted to be positive at the exit screening conducted on the 12th-13th day of follow up; bringing to a total of 104 which constitutes 10.1% among the travellers that were quarantined. All the Positive cases were triaged in Ga East Hospital and were segregated for treatment at isolation either in a health facility or at home.

All those that tested negative for the second time have been processed and discharged for their individual homes.

All five (5) deaths had underlying chronic medical conditions prior to COVID-19 infection

Source: https://www.ghanahealthservice.org/covid19/