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President Akufo-Addo-“A Careful Balance Of Many Factors Led To Lifting Of Lockdown”

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the
decision to lift the partial lockdown of Accra, Kumasi, Tema and Kasoa,
was taken after a careful consideration of a number of factors.

According to President Akufo-Addo, the country’s
current capacity “to trace victims of this disease, being able to test,
being able to isolate and quarantine those people so that we take them
out of the population, and, of course, the treatment”, are some of the
factors that led to the decision to lift the partial lockdown.

Again, the President added that “we are also
looking at the demography of the disease itself, in terms of the sick,
in terms of death. What we will like to do, as decision makers, is to
balance all these factors and to come to a conclusion and a set of
solutions that will benefit our people and of course, protect the
economy of our country. All of these have been the basket of issues that
have led us to take this decision.”

President Akufo-Addo made this known on Monday,
20th April, 2020, when he invited the Executive Committee of the Ghana
Medical Association to a meeting at Jubilee House to explain the
rationale behind the lifting of the lockdown, and deliberate on how
Government and the Association can continue to work together post the
lifting of the lockdown.

Whilst being hopeful of gaining the understanding
and co-operation of Association, he expressed his satisfaction about the
mode of testing and the results that have emanated from the tests.

“The common consensus has recognized that we have
undertaken the most preemptive testing on the continent in relative
terms. That has given us a very large pool of information as to how the
disease is unfolding in our country. I think our capacity to be able to
continue to do that is very critical for our ability to deal with this
virus,” President Akufo-Addo added. 

He noted that had Government not taken the
decision to aggressively to go out and test infected people and their
contacts, “we would not have the figures that we are getting today and
yet, we would have had those very same people within the population.” 

The testing of nearly 70,000 contacts whose
results have are known, the President stressed, “continue to give us the
demography, the infection rate, the death rate, and the numbers of
people who are affected and are moderately ill. All of those things are
remaining quite consistent in the data that we have received.” 

It is that robust consistency in the data, he
explained, “that we have that is inspiring our decision. I called you
here this morning for you to hear us and for you to also see the
measures that we have.”

As President of the Republic, he indicated that “I
cannot ignore the impact that this lock down is having on several
constituencies of our nation, especially the informal workers, a very
important part of our economy, who need to have a day out in the market
or otherwise in order to provide for their families, who were having a
lot of difficulty.”

To members of the Association, the President
expressed the appreciation of the nation for the important role all
health workers are playing towards helping Government to combat the

“You are the very centre of this battle – doctors
and the Association of Doctors in our country. You are very, very
central to whatever steps we will take to take this country forward. I
thought it was important to meet immediately after the decision that we
took last night to ease the restrictions of movements in our two
greatest cities-Accra and Kumasi, and to get a bit of a flavour of how
we are looking to go about this,” he added.

On behalf of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr.
Frank Ankobea, the President of the Association thanked the President
for the invitation, adding that “all we need to do is to pledge our
support to Government that we will continue with you, and we will
continue to fight until this virus is eliminated from Ghana.”

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