Details coming to The Herald, is suggesting
that, the country is losing the fight against COVID-19 with some prominent
personalities, contracting the disease and are on admission at the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC).
Reports from the Medical
Center, say there is an overwhelming number of state officials on admission at
the facility for treatment.
Reports have mentioned the Minister of Regional Reorganization and Development, Daniel Kweku
Botwe and the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for Okere Constituency in the
Eastern Region and Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the Education
Minister and MP for Manhyia Constituency in the Ashanti
Other reports also suggest, Alexander Kwamina Afenyo-Markin, the MP for the Effutu
Constituency in the Central Region, is also receiving treatment for the
Additional reports are that a
sub-chief from Manhyia in the Ashanti Region, was rushed to the medical
facility on Monday evening.
Details on Mr Botwe are, however, sketchy, but The Herald’s sources,
disclosed that Dr. Opoku Prempeh, was admitted to the facility a day after his endorsement last
Saturday as the Parliamentary candidate for the December 2020 elections.
The Education minister, was endorsed through
a popular acclamation, as he was the only candidate who filed to contest the
The latest report comes after The Health
Minister, Kweku Agyamang Manu, had to spend some days in hospital, having
contracted the illness. His son, wife, driver and bodyguard are also reported
to have suffered the disease.
The Chief Executive of the National Health
Insurance Authority (NHIA), Dr. Lydia Dsane-Selby, who also got infested,
had gotten it from the Health Minister, who had attended a birthday party organized by the NHIA boss
to mark her 60th birthday celebrations. Other officials of the NHIA
who attended the event, were also said to have contracted the disease.
Some senior officers at the Police Hospital
in Accra, are also reported to have contracted the disease, therefore not
coming to work.
The Herald’s information is that, the country is getting
overwhelmed with the cases, although this week President Akufo-Addo has sent final
Senior High School (SHS) students to go finish their final exams with strict
observance of COVID-19 safety protocols took centre stage yesterday when SHSs reopened
for final year and second-year Gold Track students.
across the country, are said to be observing all the protocols from the no
mask, no entry, checking of temperature and placement of Veronica buckets to
enable regular handwashing, were activated at the entrances of all campuses as
Meanwhile, the government is insisting that the current
sanctions for not wearing face masks, which some have described as harsh, are
At a press briefing yesterday, the Information Minister,
Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, said: “Sometimes, if the sanctions are not deterring
enough, we will not get the level of compulsion we are looking for.”
“One of the reasons for prescribing sanctions on various
pieces of legislation is so that they become a deterrent to other people.”
The new sanctions for
not wearing face masks are contained in a new Executive Instrument (E.I.
People who fail to wear face
masks in public, risk a prison sentence of four to 10 years or a fine
ranging GHS12,000 to GHS60,000, or both.
Aside from the perceived harshness of the law, concerns
have been raised about the definition of a public place and if, for example, a
person should wear a mask whilst in his or her car alone.
Mr Oppong Nkrumah, indicated that the government was open
to a more flexible and purposive interpretation of the law.
“We acknowledge a grey area in the law which had got to
do with individuals who are in their private cars by themselves… So what
government is doing is engaging with the police to give the E.I. a purposive
interpretation when they apply it.”
“The purpose or the objective is to compel all persons
within public places and in contact with others to wear a face mask so we can
curb the rate of transmission,” he stated.
About the new E.I.
The new E.I. makes it mandatory for people to wear face
masks, face shields or any other face covering that covers his or her nose and
mouth completely when the person is in public or leaving or returning to his
place of abode.
Police are also given authority to make random checks to
According to paragraph 4(2) of E.I. 164, any person
who fails to comply with the mandatory wearing of nose masks shall be punished
in accordance with Section 6 of Act 1012.
Per Section 6 of Act 1012, “a person who fails to comply
with the restrictions imposed under the Executive Instrument issued under
subsection 1 of Section 2 commits an offence and is liable on summary
conviction to a fine of not less than 1,000 penalty unit (GHS12,000) and not
more than 5,000 penalty units (GHS 60,000) or to a term of imprisonment not
less than four years and not more than 10 years or to both.”