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Over 500 Covid-19 patients likely to recover in coming weeks – Gabby Otchere-Darko

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Gabby Otchere Darko Over 500 COVID-19 patients

Over 500 COVID-19 patients likely to recover in coming weeks – Gabby Otchere-Darko

Ghana is likely to see more than 500 persons make a complete recovery from the COVID-19 over the next three weeks, this is according to a leading member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko.

The private legal practitioner, who is also President Akufo-Addo’s cousin, made the prediction in a post on his Facebook wall, hours after the president addressed the nation on the measures being taken to contain the spread of the virus in the country.

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President Akufo-Addo disclosed in his address to the nation- the 7th in succession since the first two cases were reported in Ghana- that as of Sunday, April 19, 2020, the caseload stood at 1,042 with nine deaths and 99 recoveries.

The data is from samples taken from 68,591 people and tested for the virus out of which 67,549 tested negative representing 98.5% while 1,042 (1.5%) tested positive for the coronavirus, the President stated.

“The main reason our country has seen an increase in the number of confirmed cases over the last three weeks is because of the decision we took aggressively to trace and test contacts of infected persons,” he explained.

Analysing the data, Mr. Otchere-Darko disclosed that of the current 1,042 positive cases the country has recorded, only four “are in either critical or moderately ill condition.”

“That is 0.38%! Going by one source alone, www.worldometers.info the global rate is over 3% in critical condition (down from 6% a month ago as nominal figures rise). Also, majority of those infected with Covid-19 get a self-limiting infection and will go on to recover,” he stated.

He then stated: “My prediction is that over the next three weeks alone, we are likely to have over 500 cases of recovered cases in Ghana after the mandatory two successful negative tests.”

He defended the decision by the President to lift the three-week restriction imposed on the movement of persons stressing that, lockdown is by no means the only effective method of checking the spread of this virus.

“Some of the countries combating this pandemic more effectively than most countries, are not in lockdown. They did all the other things we are doing, including aggressive contact tracing and testing and shunned lockdown,” he argued.

“We should be careful about being unduly influenced by imported groupthink. We must develop our own group think based on our own circumstances and available scientific evidence,” he added.

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Onne Customs Receives Delivery of Scanner to Enhance Non-Intrusive Inspection

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The Nigeria Customs Service, Area ll Command, Onne Port has received a cargo scanning machine as earlier assured by the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hammed Ali (Rtd).

This was revealed in a press statement by

the PRO, Portharcourt Area ll Command Onne Port, Ifeoma Onuigbo Ojekwu.

The Area Controller of the Command, Comptroller Auwal Mohammed described the arrival of the scanner as a positive milestone in the service efforts to modernise Customs operations, achieve ease of doing business, facilitate trade and enhance security with easier detection of prohibited imports.

Mohammed described the tortuous processes involved in physical examination as time consuming as they were not able to examine more than a hundred containers daily but with the new scanner, it will be able to carry out examination on two hundred containers on daily basis.

While receiving the machine, Mohammed said “Before the arrival of the scanner, examinations of cargoes were usually done manually and physically, whereby containers were positioned by the terminal operators. Then they provide gang of labourers while officers of the Nigeria Customs Service and other agencies come for the examination”.

“They cut off the seal manually, and then the contents inside containers are discharged manually by the labourers. Then, inspection or examinations are conducted by officers and other stakeholders. This takes time sometimes because of the packing of the good in the container; and this is an examination that is done to confirm the declaration made by the agent or importer tallies with the content of the container” he added.

He further stated that “Virtually everything has to be carried or moved out of the container, then back into the container before examination is concluded. So it is cumbersome. It is time consuming, and not much containers are properly examined on a daily basis”.

“So with the coming of the scanner, which is a non-intrusive examination apparatus, examination will now be conducted with the use of x-ray” the Controller said.

The Controller added that already trained Customs officers on scanning operation will undergo refresher training to update them on the latest technology.

According to him, any consignment found during image analysis to be containing suspected prohibition or concealments will be quickly referred for physical examination.

He also thanked the CGC for his unrelenting drive in modernising the Nigeria Customs Service.

The scanner, a product of Nuctech, was brought by Maersk Karun vessel from Shanghai China with model number MT1213DE.

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Nigeria Surpasses 200,000 Coronavirus Infections

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Nigeria Surpasses 200,000 Coronavirus Infections

The Covid cases in Nigeria have surpassed 200,000 in 18 months after the first positive case was identified in an Italian traveler on Feb. 27, 2020, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease (NCDC).

The NCDC via its official website on Wednesday morning said that Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases had skyrocketed to 200,057.

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The NCDC announced it had recorded 519 additional COVID-19 infections on Tuesday from 14 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) showing an increase from the 387 cases reported on Monday. The agency also reported 18 deaths on Tuesday, to push the death rate in the country to 2,637.

“The 519 new cases are reported from 15 states — Lagos (120), Ondo (110), Rivers (74), Edo (63), FCT (58), Oyo (31), Kaduna (15), Bayelsa (11), Cross River (11), Delta (11), Kano (5), Ogun (4), Plateau (3), Adamawa (2), and Gombe (1).

 

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Let us Buy Covid Jabs, Pleads Africa

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Let us Buy Covid Jabs, PleaLet us Buy Covid Jabs, Pleads Africads Africa

Africa wants to buy Covid-19 vaccines, rather than keep waiting for donor-funded doses to arrive, the African Union said Tuesday, imploring producers to give the continent a fair shot at market access.
The AU also urged manufacturing nations to lift export bans so the continent can begin to address for itself the glaring inequity in access to coronavirus jabs, as wealthy nations hog available doses.
Just nine vaccine doses have been administered per 100 people in Africa, according to an AFP calculation.
That figure stands at 118 doses per 100 people in the United States and Canada; 104 in Europe; 85 in Asia; 84 in Latin America and the Caribbean; 69 in Oceania and 54 in the Middle East.

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African nations “have been left behind by the rest of the world”, said WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
The UN health agency chief spelled out the danger of leaving Africa so poorly covered by vaccines.
“This doesn’t only hurt the people of Africa, it hurts all of us,” he said.
“The longer vaccine inequity persists, the more the virus will keep circulating and changing, the longer the social and economic disruption will continue, and the higher the chances that more variants will emerge that render vaccines less effective.” He added.

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