Dr Omane Boamah Urges Akufo-Addo to Release Money From Heritage Fund for COVID-19 Fight

Dr. Edward Kofi Omane Boamah, Former Minister for Communications and Presidential Spokesperson

Accra, Ghana, March 25, 2020//-Former Minister of Communications, Dr Edward Kofi Omane Boamah has urged President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to release money from the Heritage Fund to fight the spread of the deadly coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country.

“I urge the President of Ghana to release money from the Heritage Fund – even if that is the last resort – to bend the arc of infections urgently and immediately before it is too late for Ghanaians”, Dr Omane Boamah said his letter to the President.

 Ghana has so far recorded 68 confirmed COVID-19 cases with two deaths. But the potential of the disease spreading is too high.

Dr Omane Boamah who is a medical doctor therefore asked the government to act fast and decisively to nip the pandemic in the bud and build resilient health systems.

“Furthermore, the required infrastructure and logistics are disproportionately scanty in Ghana. I do not expect mushrooming of new infrastructure overnight. We ought to be realistic”.

He also urged the ministers for Health and Local Government and Rural Development to engage all Regional Directors of Health to identify facilities in the 16 regions of Ghana as possible quarantine centres.

As it will be impossible to transfer coronavirus patients from the hinterlands to the capital, Accra, he said.

“The United Nations, African Union, ECOWAS, CSOs, NGOs, Pharmaceutical Companies, researchers, public health and policy experts including health workers must accept our common but differentiated responsibilities and work to save our crowded planet to ensure sustainable growth and development”, Dr Omane Boamah.

He urged Ghanaians to stop peddling rumours and myths about coronavirus disease and rather stick to the preventive measures approved by health experts.

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