Coronavirus: Ghana’s biggest malls run out of hand sanitizers

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Accra Mall

Hand sanitizers have run out at the biggest malls in Ghana less than 24 hours after the West African country confirmed two cases of the coronavirus.

Dailymailgh.com correspondents who visited the Accra Maill, West Hills Mall and Achimota Mall were unable to buy a single hand sanitizer with all shops saying they have run out of stock.

The shoprites and Game shops including all the dispensaries at the malls do not have hand sanitizers, according to attendants.

“We don’t have,” a shop attendant at Shoprite at Accra Mall said. “We had some on Wednesday but today we’ve run out of sanitizers.”

“Not even our warehouse,” a dispensary attendant said.

“I have visited two shops here and still I can’t get one [hand sanitizer]. I’m quite disturbed and I want some for my children,” Elizabeth Quaye, a mother of three told Dailymailgh.com.

Some pharmacy shops in Accra have also run out of stock.

The Ministry of Health has confirmed two cases of Coronavirus in Ghana. The cases were confirmed on March 12, 2020 after tests proved positive at the Noguchi memorial institute.

Speaking at a press conference Thursday evening, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu said the two affected persons were from Norway and Turkey and have since been quarantined in the capital, Accra.

“The Ministry of Health has confirmed two cases of Covid-19. Both individuals returned to Ghana from Norway and Turkey. So these are imported cases of COVID-19.

“I wish to assure all Ghanaians that the Government of Ghana together with all Health Partners will continue to work assiduously to ensure the situation is contained,” the health minister told the media.

He added: “Both patients are currently being kept in isolation and are stable. We have initiated processes for contact tracing.”

Ghana becomes the latest country in West Africa to report the novel covid-19 after Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso.

President Akufo-Addo in an address to the nation on Wednesday disclosed that $100 million has been released to enhance Ghana’s Coronavirus preparedness and response plan. He said the amount is to “fund expansion of infrastructure, purchase of materials and equipment, and public education.”

All Ghanaian public officials have been banned temporarily from foreign travels as part of measures to contain the spread of the disease.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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