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Ghana receives share of COVID-19 test kits from Chinese billionaire

Ghana has received its share of coronavirus test kits and prevention materials donated to Africa by Chinese billionaire and co-founder of the Alibaba Group, Jack Ma on Wednesday morning, MyNewsGh.com reports.

Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed Ali announced the
delivery in a tweet on Wednesday, at the time that the West African nation had
kick-started a National Day of Prayer and Fasting against the deadly SARS- COV
2.

“This morning #Gabon, #Ghana, #Congo and the #DRC have
received their #COVID19 prevention materials. The 2nd shipment of supplies from
@JackMa & @AlibabaGroup containing 540k medical grade masks and 20k
protective clothes is on its way to #Ethiopia.Dispatch to Africa will continue”,
the tweet read.

Ghana joins Ethiopia, Rwanda, Congo, Gabon, and the DRC as
beneficiaries of the first consignment of the donation of a total of 1.1
million test kits, six million nose masks and 60, 00 protective suits and face
shields pledged to Africa by the richest man in China to stop the spread of
coronavirus which was first reported in his own country.

Ma has also pledged his Jack Ma foundation will collaborate
with local medical institutions in Africa to provide training materials online
for the clinical treatment of coronavirus.

It is unclear how much Ghana has received from the donation
to augment its own efforts, but the nation still awaits some 50, 000 test kits
procured from abroad by the government; “to beef up supplies for our frontline
health workers”; President Akufo Addo announced in his last televised national
address.

Ghana’s confirmed coronavirus cases currently stand at 53,
with two deaths as at the close of Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

A statement from the Ghana Health Service said “The sudden
spike in case incidence is as a result of the mandatory quarantine and compulsory
testing for all travelers entering Ghana, as directed by the president. As of
24th March, a total of 1,030 are under mandatory quarantine; 844 have had their
samples taken; 510 have had the samples tested; and out of these twenty-six
(26) tested positive for COVID-19”.

At the time filing this story, the country’s media space had
been taken over by churches, fronting the National Day of Fasting and prayer
declared by the president.

Though Ghana is fighting the spread of the disuse by
instituting a number of austere measures, including but not limited to the
closure of schools and suspension of all forms of social gatherings, shutting
all of its borders to human traffic and quarantining all travelers who used the
Kotoka International Airport a day before its shut down took effect, divinity
has also been invited to intervene.

Ghana boasts a population dominated by Christians and
Muslims, though the traditional religion and other beliefs thrive there too;
the nation unites today to raise up prayer to God to heal the land based on the
words of scripture, 2 Chronicles 7:14.

Source:MyNewsGh.com/Teddy Brown Onimbede/2020

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