• 21/07/2020

The outbreak, of a novel coronavirus called SARs-COVID-2, has resulted in respiratory illness in a cluster of people in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, which is best known as COVID 19. It was told, late 2019 (December), that someone at the world-famous Huanan seafood market in Wuhan was infected with a virus from an animal, which was reported to the WHO on 31st December 2019. The rest is part of an awful history still in the making, with Covid-19 spreading from that cluster in the capital of China’s Hubei province to a pandemic that has killed about 211,000 people so far. The world system is already collapsing and nations are imperilled.
Sadly, this deadly virus is on a tour across the world killing people each and every day. It has created a global health crisis that has had a deep impact on the way we perceive our world, thwarted dreams (people woke up here, and their normal lives had been suspended), affecting many businesses and our everyday lives. 
The virus is primarily spread between people during close contact, most often via small droplets produced by coughing, sneezing, and taking from the affected person. It is most contagious during the first three days after the onset of symptoms, although the spread is possible before symptoms appear, and from people who do not show symptoms.
Common symptoms include fever, cough, antique, shortness of breath and loss of smell. Complications may include pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome. Safety Measures put in place to contain the virus also requires 

  • Regular washing of the hands. 
  • Use of hand sanitizer.
  • Avoiding crowded areas and handshakes. 

  On 12th March, 2020. Ghana recorded their first two cases, when two people returned from Norway and Turkey, which brought fear and panic to most Ghanaians. It became very clear that a further outbreak of this pandemic to other countries would be disastrous. This is not just due to the potential loss of life but also to the greater risk of people’s livelihood. As a result, a number of African government have effectively shut down large portions of their economies and closed borders to travel and trade. On Saturday, March 21, the President announced the closure of the country’s borders for two weeks to limit the spread of the COVID-19 and also to prevent the movements of people in and out of the country. As the situation evolves, it is imperative that organizations continuously look to anticipate, adapt to and manage risk and assess the appropriateness and completeness of their strategy.

The President of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Akuffo Addo had no choice but to impose ban on all public gatherings for four weeks starting from Monday, 16th March, 2020. Schools and Universities were also not left out, affecting some 9.2 million basic school students and 0.5 million tertiary education system. A general clean-up was held to clean the entire markets of Accra on 25th March, 2020. Mr. Osei Bonsu Amoah, noted that the clean-up of the markets was put in place to keep our various markets clean to prevent other health related outbreaks and would be extended to all the regions as it formed part of the government’s measure to prevent the spread of the COVID-19. As of 19th April, the cases in Ghana, Accra especially has increased from 2 to 1042 and the president announced the lifting of restrictions on movement for the Accra and Kumasi metropolitan areas.

Government and organization alike are challenged to rapidly shift operations, deploy new technologies and implement their business continuity plans in order to meet the needs of citizens, employees, customers and other stakeholders. 
The COVID-19 Pandemic has affected educational systems in Accra-Ghana thwarted many dreams and also affecting many businesses worldwide. 
School closures impact not only students, teachers, and families but have far-reaching economic and societal consequences. And higher education institutions had no option but to have recourse to the use of information and communications teaching (ICT) to deliver their programmers online at a distance to their enrolled students. However, the majority of them do laboratories for their practical’s.
The COVID-19 has caused a great impact on the poor of the people of Accra who lives in rural areas who can barely afford to access the internet, when and if it is available. The virus has shed light on economic issues, including student debt, digital learning, food insecurity and homelessness as access to childcare, health care, housing, internet and disability services. Also, end of Secondary school examinations is being postponed or cancelled, till God-Known-when. As the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to widen globally and here in Ghana. Citi Business News has learnt that some major hotels in Accra have shut down their operations due to low patronage. Client of these hotels, which include some of the biggest and best-known brands in the country, have cancelled bookings for rooms and conferences hotels, and led then to forecast occupancies of 1.8 percent to 27 percent being the most optimistic. One of the biggest hotels in the country has reported lost earnings to the tune of Gh₵11.55 million after rooms and conferences booked for March and April were cancelled. With restaurants, hotels and schools closed, many of the nation’s largest farms are destroying millions of fresh goods that they can longer sell. 
Food production in Ghana, over the years have been managed with low expertise and knowledge constrained by credit and market access and poor technological usage, which has resulted instability in production, thereby increasing our importation for food and related commodities from country like China, Americas, and other European countries, in neglecting our own made in Ghana commodities (Eat Ghana campaign). So I can captioned  this pandemic as a “blessing in disguise” to help we Ghanaians in one way of the other to appreciate our own made in Ghana commodities and the need why we should improve on our knowledge, skills and technology in the field of production.