COVID-19: Ghanaian Gov’t announces packages for front line Health Workers

As part of efforts to deal decisively with the coronavirus pandemic, Ghana’s Government has announced some packages to help encourage and motivate front line Health workers involved in the fight against the pandemic to give off their best.

From the package, the health workers in the combat against the covid-19 pandemic will receive 50% percent of their salaries as allowances.

Aside from this, the front line Health workers will also not pay tax on their emoluments for three months, beginning this month to June.

Again, Government has also deployed the Ayalolo buses to provide free transport services for the health workers for the next three months.

These announcements were made by the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo-Addo during an evening address to the nation on Sunday, April 5, 2020, to update the citizenry on the country’s situation with the lethal pandemic, so far.

Other packages

in addition to the above, the President also announced an insurance package, amounting to GH₵350,000, for all the health workers involved in the covid-19 fight.

Furthermore, each of the contact tracers will also receive a daily allowance of GH₵150.

Extension of lockdown

On whether or not the Government will extend the lockdown period, President Akuffo-Addo said a decision will be announced in the coming days.

However, the decision, he says, will be based on the results of the over 19,000 tests being conducted on samples taken from contacts of COVID-19 patients.

So far, 15,385 out of 19,276 contact persons had been reached through the enhanced contact tracing system, and their samples have been taken for the test, according to the President.

“We are, thus about to enter a critical phase of our fight in the coming week, as the Ghana Health Service is due to receive the results of some 15,385 out of 19,276 persons who have been reached through contact tracing.

“It is the results of these tests that will determine our future course of action. Government’s policy and measures will be driven by the science in this matter,” he said.

But, the President has, by an Executive Instrument, extended the closure of Ghana’s border for two more weeks.

Ghana’s covid-19 case count

Ghana’s cases currently stand at 214, including 5 deaths, 3 recoveries, 49 discharged from treatment facilities and currently being managed at home, 155 are responding to treatments and two persons are “moderately ill”.

According to the President, out of the 1030 travelers who were placed on mandatory quarantine, 105 tested positive while 804 have been released from quarantine to go home.

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Source : African Media Agency (AMA)

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