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Covid-19: Unvaccinated Persons Are 7 Times Likely To Die From Covid – GHS

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Covid-19: Ghana’s Death Toll Now 1,207

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has stated that persons who are unvaccinated against Covid-19 are more susceptible to death if infected by the virus.

According to the Director-General of GHS, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, such individuals are seven times more likely to die if they contract the virus compared to a vaccinated person.

The GHS boss made this known on Sunday while addressing the press on the additional measures taken by government to control the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic ahead of the Christmas festivities.

“Information from the Ghana Infectious Diseases Centre shows that among the severe and critical cases, 97 were unvaccinated. Among the Covid-19 deaths in a particular month where we had 16 deaths, two amounting to 12.5 per cent were vaccinated but these two people had severe underlying medical conditions,” he said.

In view of this, he underscored the need for everyone to get vaccinated.

The GHS has employed the use of the AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer, Sputnik-V and Johnson & Johnson vaccines in its exercise. The government has procured some 12,324, 710 doses of Covid-19 vaccines in its fight against the pandemic.

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Currently, a total of 1,404,122 Ghanaians have been fully immunised against the virus, representing 7 per cent of the entire population.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Health Service has revealed that the country has seen a decline in the number of active cases in the past two months. The Greater Accra Region remains the largest Covid-19 hotspot.

He blamed this occurrence on the gross disregard for the Covid-19 safety protocols.

Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye also noted that for the past two weeks, the Kotoka International Airport has recorded a surge in cases. These cases were recorded by international travelers.

As of November 28, a total of 629,831 tests have been ran at the airport. These tests showed that 3,093 of the passengers had contracted the virus.

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As at November last year, the GHS recorded 163 cases at the Kotoka International Airport.

“There has been a surge mostly among Ghanaians who participated in an international religious conference. It also mimics what had been happening outside. There is a surge in Europe and some parts of the world so the airport tests continue to pick these signals. I think it is something we must take seriously. It is a warning for us to see that these are times we need to be more careful,” Dr Aboagye added.

He also gave the assurance that the 72-hour PCR and antigen test will be strictly enforced.

As of November 25, 2021, active cases recorded stood at 713 with 22 being severe cases. The country’s total death toll is now 1,220.

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Marwako Food Poisoning: Authority Has No Mandate To Demand Compensation For Victims – FDA

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Food and Drugs Authority (FDA)’s Director of Legal says they cannot demand compensation for victims of the alleged food poisoning at Marwako’s East Legon branch.

Joseph Bennie said the Authority has no mandate to pressure for amends in cash from the eatery to the affected persons.

In an interview with YEN.com.gh, monitored by GhArticles.com, Bennie said the FDA can carry out sanctions in the form of ”a ban, fine, caution, or prosecution” in such cases.

The Acting Director’s comments come amid widespread reports of food poisoning at Marwako’s East Legon branch on social media, leading to the closure of the restaurant.

He said the closure of the eatery was to prevent an escalation of reported cases of food poisoning.

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Speaking on the investigations, Joseph Bennie said the FDA is yet to establish the cause of the food poisoning. ”Investigations will conclude in not less than a week or more,” he told YEN.comgh, sighted by GhArticles.com.

As previously reported that the management of Marwako has appealed to the FDA to open other branches closed down following complaints of food poisoning at its East Legon branch.

PRO for Marwako Fast Food Ltd, Mohammed Amin Lamptey, said while the popular food business accepts the decision of the FDA, the industry regulator, it is only fair for the affected branch to be shut down.

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”The FDA shut down of our branches is quite unfortunate and it is really something that is going to create another problem for Mawako Fast Foods Limited. In as much as we all know that it is an isolated case…we thought that the FDA will focus on the East Legon branch,” Lamptey told reporters on Thursday, May 12, 2022.

 

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Reduce 1.5% E-levy Rate — ISSER To Gov’t

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The Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research (ISSER) wants the government to reduce the rate of the controversial electronic transfer levy.

According to ISSER, the government must consider a downward adjustment between 0.5% and 0.75% adding that the 1.5% on all electronic transfers is punitive.

The Director of the institute, Professor Peter Quartey, speaking on the topic: “Harnessing stakeholder engagement and feedback for research impact” at the 2022 ISSER Road Show at the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) said with the current 1.5% rate, the government’s goal of mobilizing about GH¢4.1 billion would be missed as more people would avoid using the platform but instead use alternative methods to avoid paying the tax.

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He stated that “The 1.5% E-transaction levy rate is punitive and should be revised downwards to between 0.5% and 0.75% to allow more people to use the service and avoid eroding the gains made in digital financial inclusion.”

The E-levy was introduced by the government in the 2022 Budget for basic transactions related to digital payments and electronic platform transactions.

The levy has sparked controversy because of its impact on mobile money transactions and the impoverished Ghanaians that use it.

 

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Heavy Downpour Leaves Some Parts Of Accra Flooded Again

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Some parts of Accra got flooded Saturday morning following a brief downpour.

Areas such as Kaneshie First Light, Abbosey Okai and Adabraka Sahara, Dansoman, and Odorkor were affected by the floods.

The situation resulted in heavy vehicular traffic in different parts of Accra.

Motorists were left with no choice but to abandon their vehicles after their cars and motorbikes got choked in the floods.

Ghanaians have as usual expressed their anger and lamented at how a little rainfall causes floods.

Some Ghanaians who were affected by the floods quickly took to social media to lament the situation.

The video below shows the floods on the main Kaneshie highway in front of the market.

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