President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has expressed his gratitude to his Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, for his support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a televised address to the nation on Sunday May 28, 2023, the President acknowledged the instrumental role played by officials of his government in battling the pandemic but singled out the Vice President for his unwavering support during challenging moments.
“I am indebted to the Ministers of State, officials of the Presidency, led by the Chief of Staff, the Parliament and the Judiciary, and all the members of the brilliant COVID-19 Taskforce. I must make special mention of the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, who was my reliable source of support in the darkest and most trying moments,” President Akufo-Addo stated.
The President also expressed his appreciation to various individuals, groups, government institutions, organizations, and organized labour for their contributions to Ghana’s battle against the pandemic. During the address, the President officially declared the COVID-19 pandemic as over in Ghana.
President Akufo-Addo shared statistics that since the first case was confirmed in Ghana on March 12, 2020, there were 171,758 positive cases from 2,538,198 tests. Additionally, 25,170,382 vaccine doses have been administered, with 10,536,420 individuals fully vaccinated, representing 52.7% of the targeted 20 million.
Based on these facts, the COVID-19 Taskforce chaired by President Akufo-Addo met on May 17 and made far-reaching decisions regarding the management of the pandemic. The President announced that all outstanding COVID-induced restrictions at airports and entry points have been lifted, returning to the pre-COVID situation in terms of health entry requirements.
The President also highlighted the recently secured $3 billion International Monetary Fund (IMF) economy support facility, which he believes will aid in the restoration of Ghana’s economy from the impact of the pandemic. However, he was quick to mention that the IMF money will not spell an immediate end to the nation’s economic woes.
In conclusion, President Akufo-Addo expressed his appreciation for the support received and urged Ghanaians to continue adhering to the preventive protocols and getting vaccinated.
By Vincent Kubi