Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah says the Office of the Vice President is coordinating the food distribution exercise to the poor and vulnerable towards mitigating the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 crisis on them.
Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia was also instrumental in getting the Bank of Ghana release GHC 2.5 million towards the implementation of the food distribution exercise, he said in answering a question at a media briefing, on the role of the Vice President in the COVID – 19 pandemic fight.
The Office was also tracking the distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to frontline health workers to ensure that there were adequate in the system and distributed to the right persons.
The Vice President also chaired the daily monitoring meetings with regard to the COVID-19 data, he stated.
Additionally, the Office of the Vice President was leading efforts to put up a digitised platform that would allow contact tracers to share with the public and laboratory technicians real-time data on the COVID-19 contact tracing mechanism.
President Akufo-Addo, in his fifth national broadcast on Sunday, April 5, said the government would distribute 400,000 food packages to the vulnerable, particularly, in the restriction of movement areas -Accra, Tema, Kasoa and Kumasi.
The Gender, Children and Social Protection Ministry, is implementing the food distribution programme with heads of local government assemblies, security agencies and the National Disaster and Management Organization (NADMO).
Ghana’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 as at Tuesday, April 7, stand at 287 with five deaths and three persons fully recovered.
All the measures the government has been implementing, the President has said, were intended to achieve five key strategic objectives: Limit and stop the importation of COVID-19 into the country, care for the sick, minimize and contain the spread of the virus, reduce the social and economic impact of the virus on lives and boost the domestic capability and deepen national self-reliance.