With speedy impact, the federal government has lifted all COVID-19 restrictions on the nation’s ports of entry.
As such, pre-departure testing for COVID-19 and all different assessments at Ghana’s entry factors are not a requirement, so, has the well being declaration kind for worldwide travellers been suspended.
These have been contained in a press release issued yesterday by the Director Normal of the Ghana Well being Service (GHS), Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, following the announcement by the World Well being Organisation (WHO) on Could 5, 2023 that COVID-19 was not a Public Well being Emergency of Worldwide Concern (PHEIC).
In accordance with the worldwide well being physique, globally, there are lowering numbers of deaths and hospitalisations with excessive ranges of inhabitants immunity in opposition to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Consequently, though the illness stays a world well being menace, nations might now transition from emergency mode to managing COVID-19 alongside different infectious ailments.
Giving an replace on Ghana’s state of affairs, Dr Kuma-Aboagye famous that over the previous 5 months, there was a sustained decline of COVID-19 circumstances.
“As of Could 15, 2023, there have been solely 18 lively circumstances none of which is extreme or essential. The one COVID-19 demise in 2023 was in January,” he mentioned.
Amongst different vital successes chalked in containing the illness, the GHS mentioned, it could nevertheless not relent in making certain operational readiness in responding to any doable surge.
“Ghana has had outbreaks of Marburg Virus Illness, Lassa Fever, Monkey Pox, Measles and Yellow Fever because the declaration of COVID-19 as a PHEIC.
The well being techniques within the nation have maintained ample capability within the midst of those threats. The Ministry of Well being and the GHS, with assist of our companions, will proceed to make sure operational readiness and adaptability to reply throughout surges of COVID-19 whereas sustaining different important well being companies and getting ready for the emergence of recent variants with elevated severity or capability,” the Service assured.
Nonetheless the D-G maintained that measures together with surveillance, COVID-19 vaccination drive and adherence to normal security measures must proceed.
“For fixed vigilance and safety of individuals from COVID-19 infections, vaccination drive will proceed, individuals with signs of fever, cough and sore throat can be examined for each flu and COVID-19 at our sentinel websites throughout all 16 areas.
Surveillance will proceed to assist us determine any new COVID-19 variants of concern. The general public is to take care of normal security measures like hand washing with cleaning soap and water or use of alcohol-based hand sanitiser. Individuals with complaints of fever, cough and sore throat ought to report back to the closest well being facility for administration and individuals who take a look at constructive for COVID-19 are to be managed with current protocols.”