Pharmaceutical companies in Ghana are set to intensify the production of hand sanitizers after meeting the president over preventive measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus epidemic.
Health authorities Sunday afternoon announced that six cases of the disease have been recorded in the country.
Due to the rise in the number of cases, the President of the Republic of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo Sunday evening announced that all public gatherings, including conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, sporting events and religious activities, such as services in churches and mosques, are to be suspended for the next four (4) weeks.
As part of measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus, President Akufo Addo met giants in the country’s pharmaceutical and banking industries on Monday, 16th March, 2020, at Jubilee House to discuss the manufacturing of basic items such as masks, hand sanitizers and disposable gloves needed to combat the spread of Coronavirus.
“We are not talking just pharmaceuticals. We are far too dependent on the things made abroad and imported by us for use. We should be making most of the things we make in Ghana ourselves, and I am seeing what is happening to us, in this crisis, as an opportunity. It has very big consequences, but it also an opportunity. They say necessity is the mother of invention and advisedly so,” the President said.
Entrance Pharmaceuticals and Research Centre, one of the leading manufacturer of drugs and hand sanitizers in the country was highly represented by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Group, Elder Nana Samuel Amo Tobbin.
Speaking on Atinka FM’s AM Drive with host Ekourba Gyasi, Managing Director for Entrance Pharmaceuticals and Research Centre, Kojo Asare Kyerefour, noted that although Entrance produces hand sanitizers, it has started producing the basic item in commercial quantities.
He called on other Pharmaceutical Companies in Ghana to also beef up the production of basic items such as hand sanitizers, nose masks etc to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Asked what he makes of persons taking advantage of the shortage of the hand sanitizers to sell at absurd prices, Kojo Asare Kyerefour, pleaded with the vendors to take into consideration the number of lives at risk and reduce the prices of these items.
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