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Ghana’s economic downturn not only due to COVID-19 but also excessive spending – IMF

Ghana’s economic downturn not only due to COVID-19 but also excessive spending – IMF

Ghana News
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that Ghana's ongoing economic challenges stem not only from the COVID-19 pandemic but also from excessive spending during election periods. The Managing Director of the Bretton Woods Institution, Kristalina Georgieva, pointed out that the impact of the pandemic could have been better managed without such spending. In an interview with Accra-based Citi TV on Monday, March 18, Madam Georgieva highlighted the importance of learning lessons from this situation. She underscored the need for emerging markets to strategically reform their policies to address external vulnerabilities. Furthermore, she emphasised the significance of operating transparently to meet citizens' expectations, particularly in countries like Ghana, as a crucial a...
KIA revises Covid-19 guidelines following concerns of spike in China

KIA revises Covid-19 guidelines following concerns of spike in China

Ghana News, International
The Ghana Airports Company (GAC) has updated the Covid-19 guidelines for passengers using the Kotoka International Airport. The revised guidelines take effect from January 6, 2023 at 00:00 hours (UTC). This follows new concerns about the outbreak of the virus in China and other countries. In a press release, the Ghana Airports Company indicated that passengers from China will be required to produce valid negative Covid-19 PCR test results taken 48 hours prior to departure from the country. “Passengers ORIGINATING THEIR journey from CHINA WILL BE REQUIRED TO PRESENT A VALID NEGATIVE COVID-19 PCR TEST RESULT 48 HOURS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE FROM ORIGINATING COUNTRY.” The statement further noted that, “All persons arriving in Ghana (citizens, residents, and visitors) who are fully ...
Covid-19: We are likely to experience a new variant during Christmas – GHS

Covid-19: We are likely to experience a new variant during Christmas – GHS

Ghana News
The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has asked the citizenry to strictly adhere to the Covid-19 protocols during the Yuletide.  The Service says this has become necessary due to the potential of a new variant of the virus.  The Director-General of GHS, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye disclosed this at a presser on Sunday.  According to him, should the advise be ignored, the country is likely to see a hike in Covid-19 active cases.  However, he assured that his outfit is prepared to contain any upsurge. “There is also a potential for a new variant just like we had during the last Christmas -the Omicron variant.  So, we also have to look at that as a risk factor, and so we need to be alert and make sure that we sustain the gains made so far, so we don’t go back ...
Israeli Green Innovation Competition winners share experiences

Israeli Green Innovation Competition winners share experiences

International, Science & Technology
The 2020 and 2021 winners of the Israeli Green Innovation Competition (IGIC) have stated that the youth in Ghana have the solution to what can propel the country forward. They have, accordingly, urged the youth not to sit on the various innovative ideas they have, but rather initiate them so they would get the needed help from people. The winners, Jeffrey Boakye Appiagyei and Deladem Kojo Xonu, gave the advice at a media briefing organised for them in Accra on July 21 by Strategic Communications Africa Limited (Stratcomm Africa). CompetitionInstituted in 2019 by the Israeli Embassy in Ghana in collaboration with the Ghana Garden and Flower Movement, which is a Stratcomm Africa initiative, the IGIC seeks to honour individuals and organisations that come up with innovative solution...
Joe Biden tests positive for COVID-19: White House

Joe Biden tests positive for COVID-19: White House

International, World News
Biden, who is fully vaccinated and has had two booster shots, is experiencing mild symptoms the White House says. Joe Biden had traveled to Massachusetts on Wednesday to give a speech [Jonathan Ernst/Reuters United States President Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19, is experiencing “very mild symptoms” and will continue to carry out his duties the White House has said. Biden, 79, who will isolate at the White House, has been in contact with members of staff and will participated in planned meetings, the president’s Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre announced in a statement on Thursday morning. The president has begun taking Paxlovid, an antiviral drug recommended for those at risk of severe illness. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said in the case of CO...
COVID-19 vaccination: Parliament select Committee on Health embarks on nationwide campaign to get all Ghanaians vaccinated

COVID-19 vaccination: Parliament select Committee on Health embarks on nationwide campaign to get all Ghanaians vaccinated

Ghana News, International
The Parliamentary Select Committee on Health is to embark on a nationwide campaign to sensitise the citizenry about COVID-19 vaccination. The sensitisation exercise scheduled to kick start next week is aimed at whipping up the interest of the people, especially in the rural communities to go for the vaccines and also to clear misconceptions and myths associated with COVID-19 vaccines. The campaign by the Health Committee of Parliament has also become necessary following the low patronage of the COVID-19 vaccination across the country. Rationale Addressing journalists at the Parliament House today, Wednesday, July 20, 2022, the chair of the Health Committee of Parliament, Dr Nana Ayew Afriyie said the committee decided to embark on the nationwide campaign following misconceptio...
Ghana is experiencing 5th wave of Covid-19 – KCCR virologist

Ghana is experiencing 5th wave of Covid-19 – KCCR virologist

Ghana News, International
A virologist at the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR), Dr Michael Owusu, says the country is currently experiencing its fifth wave of the coronavirus. He said the new wave can be attributed to the BA.4 category of the Omicron variant, adding that lack of adherence to safety measures coupled with vaccine hesitancy is likely to make the projected wave a challenge. According to him, the new variant of the virus is likely to affect about 90% of the population as compared to previous variants which affected about 40% of the populace. “Although I do not believe the new variant will be very deadly, I do believe it will be the most highly transmissible variant yet. As the pattern changes, I am looking forward to the President relooking at the E.I. again and possibly announc...
President of Ghana Praises The Church of Pentecost

President of Ghana Praises The Church of Pentecost

Ghana News, Pentecost News
The President of Ghana, Nana Akuffo Addo, has praised the leadership of The Church of Pentecost for its outstanding work in combating the Covid -19 Pandemic. “I hope I am forgiven for singling out The Church of Pentecost in the fight against the Covid-19 Pandemic. The church has demonstrated exceptional love for the country, and this has helped us get this far,” President Akuffo Addo said yesterday during his 28th televised address on measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. PentecostNews brings you some of the efforts made by The Church of Pentecost’s leadership in the fight against the pandemic. Vans For NCCE to Support Coronavirus Public Education. It would be recalled that the Church of Pentecost, during the peak of COVID-19 in Ghana, rendered an unprecedented suppor...
Fully vaccinated travellers into Ghana will not take PCR tests from country of embarkation – Akufo-Addo

Fully vaccinated travellers into Ghana will not take PCR tests from country of embarkation – Akufo-Addo

Ghana News, International
From Monday, March 28, fully vaccinated travellers into the country will not take PCR tests from the country of embarkation to allow them entry into the country through the Kotoka International Airport (KIA). President Akufo-Addo who announce this during his 28th national address on measures to mitigate the Covid-19 pandemic said these visitors will not be tested on arrival. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZ5UDF2BlzM “Citizens and foreign residents in Ghana, who are not fully vaccinated, would, however, need to provide a negative PCR test result of not more than 48-hours, will undergo an antigen test upon arrival at KIA, and will be offered vaccination there. “Ghana’s Foreign Missions have been instructed to make vaccination a requirement for visa acquisition,” he added. ...
Covid-patient found dead after escaping from a treatment center

Covid-patient found dead after escaping from a treatment center

Africa News, Ghana News
A 55-year-old man was on Thursday, August 19, found dead after he allegedly escaped from the Covid-19 Centre of the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital. Hospital authorities say Paulus Okine left the covid treatment centre because of his insistence that he had not contracted the disease. He had reported to the hospital's Accident and Emergency Department where he was screened. CDH CentreThe Public Relations Officer of the Hospital, Mr Christian Baidoo said Paulus Okine was referred to the covid centre, however, on Thursday morning he was seen packing out of the centre located inside the Communicable Disease Hospital (CDH). Aware of his status, a security man on duty at the treatment centre questioned him about where he was going. Paulus Okine rather warned the security man not to ap...
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