Rev. Professor Adobea Yaa Owusu of the Social Division of the Institute for Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) has noted that one measure which ultimately saved Ghana from a much worse situation and contained the spread of COVID-19 was the stringent testing and follow-up measures at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).
She expressed this view when she delivered an Inter-College Lecture organised by the College of Humanities, University of Ghana, on the topic ‘COVID-19, Health and Healthcare Services in Ghana’.
Professor Adobea Owusu traced the history of COVID-19 and key issues that characterised it leading to the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring it a pandemic on 11th March, 2020. Quoting the Director General of WHO in a recent interview indicating that, “the COVID-19 pandemic has turned our world upside down”, the Lecturer took her audience through both the negative and positive effects of the pandemic, government’s response, challenges the government faced in implementing policies, reflections on Ghana’s management of the virus, lessons learnt, and proffered some policy recommendations for the future. She noted that the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organization warned of possible devastating implications and effects from COVID-19 for Africa because of its already weak healthcare systems.
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