Not A Good Time To Open Land Borders-Akufo-Addo

Ghana is open to international flights, but land and sea borders remain closed, says President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

According to him, it is not the best time to open Ghana’s land borders with the fourth wave of the coronavirus threatening with the discovery of a new variant – Omicron.

He however noted that government is monitoring the situation of coronavirus in the neighbouring countries to ensure the safety of Ghanaians living along the borders of the country before they opened the borders.

“To my fellow Ghanaians living along the borders of our nation, I know of the difficulties occasioned by the closure of our borders. As you know, the decision to close our borders, which are a source of livelihoods for many, was necessary because we wanted to limit the importation of the virus into the country.

“We are monitoring the level of threat of the disease and ongoing vaccinations in our neighbouring countries, and, as soon as we are satisfied that it is safe to do so, the borders will be open. Until then, I believe this is not the right time to reopen our land borders, especially as we are determined to prevent a 4th wave, and, as such, they will remain closed until further notice.”

President stated that by end of this year, Ghana would secure a total of 26 million doses of CIVID-19 vaccines to vaccinate the population for immunity.

According to him, so far, Ghana Health Service has taken delivery of some 17, 736, 710 vaccine doses.

Addressing the nation at the 27th COVID-19 update on Wednesday December 15, 2021, he stressed that Ghana is expecting additional 8,529,090 doses by the end of December, 2021.

The President therefore urged Ghanaians to take advantage of the abundance in the vaccine and get vaccinated.

He noted that Govenrment has beefed up its response capacity and capabilities to deal with the virus should an upsurge occur with expansion in health infrastructure including oxygen among others.

By Vincent Kubi