In a recent address to the nation, His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo, the President of Ghana, announced that the COVID-19 pandemic has passed in the country. President Akufo-Addo reiterated the World Health Organization’s (WHO) declaration that COVID-19 no longer represents a global health emergency. This positive development signifies a significant milestone in Ghana’s battle against the pandemic.
The WHO had officially declared on May 5, 2023, that COVID-19 was no longer considered a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. President Akufo-Addo, in his speech on May 28, expressed his gratitude to all those who d the country during these challenging times. He recognized the collective efforts of healthcare professionals, frontline workers, and the public in adhering to health measures and guidelines.
“This too has passed,” he told Ghanaians adding that “the emergency is over and we can safely lift any of those oppressive restrictions we have had to endure.”
Ghana, like many countries worldwide, implemented various health measures in response to the pandemic after recording its first cases in March 2020. These measures included widespread testing, contact tracing, vaccination campaigns, and the implementation of restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.
With the President’s declaration that the pandemic is over, Ghana can now safely lift the oppressive restrictions that were put in place to protect public health. This announcement brings a sense of relief and optimism to the people of Ghana, as they can now gradually resume normal activities, ensuring that the nation’s economy and daily life can recover.