President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says political actors spinning Ghana’s Coronavirus situation as a failure on the part of the government are doing so for political survival and should therefore not be begrudged.
The address was the 9th in the series of broadcasts by the president to update Ghanaians on govt interventions and mitigating efforts to contain the spread of the corona-virus in Ghana.
The President threw the punch at critics of government’s Covid-19 management regime Sunday night while he was updating the nation on Ghana’s case status and management measures.
“I know some political actors will want you to believe that our current numbers represent a failure on the part of Government. Do not begrudge them. They need to make such comments for their political survival”, he taunted.
The President announced that Ghana has so far conducted 160,501 tests from which 4,700 have returned positive, with 494 recoveries and 22 deaths.
He said Ghana now records relatively low numbers of new daily infections, reinforcing the fact that the measures instituted to help reduce person-to-person contact, and help defeat the pandemic are working.
This aggressive testing regime, as the president described it, of adopting contact tracing rather than waiting for persons reporting to hospitals with suspected cases, must embolden us in the knowledge that the 4,700 persons infected, so far, with the virus, have been identified, taken out of the population, isolated and are being treated.
President Akufo-Addo used the occasion to appeal to Ghanaians to improve their fitness and personal hygiene practises as a way of boosting their immunity against COVID-19.
President Nana Akufo-Addo, who described his advice as ‘critical’ called on Ghanaians to adopt healthy eating habits.
“It is critical that I raise one significant side of the fight against this virus, which has not been given enough emphasis, but has to do with the change in attitude that will impact our lifestyles.”
“That has to be one of the permanent legacies of the pandemic. We have to improve our hygiene, our fitness and exercises, our eating, generally, our style of living, which will boost our immunity to disease and the virus. For instance, we are told that the key vitamins that fortify our immune system are vitamins A, B6, C, and E.”
President Akufo-Addo went on to name ‘vitamin-rich’ foodstuff adding that they fortify one’s immune system.
“Fortunately for us, in Ghana, all of these can be found in many of our foods, such as oranges, kontomire, millet, cashew nuts, crabs, plantain, okro, dawadawa, brown rice and mushrooms. Following a good diet, patronising our healthy foods, exercising regularly, ensuring our personal hygiene, and improving our lifestyle habits should become part and parcel of our daily routines, which will help bolster our immune systems, and help us in the fight against the pandemic.”