September 16, 2019
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 In 2023-Pandemic Preparedness and Prevention

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Country: Ghana
Delegate Name: Macie Minor

Macie Minor
Williamston High School
Republic of Ghana
World Health Organization
Pandemic Preparedness and Prevention

The Republic of Ghana, as one of the more politically stable countries within Africa, plans to expand itself with greater resources for future issues caused by current COVID-19 variants and other possible widespread diseases. Since the emergence of the COVID-19 and its more recent variants SARS-Cov-2 and Delta, the Republic of Ghana has launched multiple campaigns aiming to encourage citizens to receive vaccinations, easily understood public education on COVID-19, and restrictions reflective of the World Health Organization’s recommendations. With multiple research institutes and allies who are willing to fund such research, the Republic of Ghana is open to learning more from other countries.

Formally addressed on March 11th 2020, Ghana’s president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, approved an equivalent of one-hundred million towards a prep and response plan towards the virus. Following the funding, the Republic of Ghana would experience around three substantial waves of the virus within 2020; in 2023 the cumulative amount of cases sits around 171,000, and the total number of deaths sits around 1,300 as of November. From the start of the pandemic to now, only 0.0005% of Ghanians were officially diagnosed with COVID-19, and 0.00004% of the population sadly passed away. The Republic of Ghana has stayed, and will continue to stay, on top of whatever the pandemic may bring. Unlike other countries, Ghana has achieved such low statistical rates of widespread infection by a multitude of actions. One action being the push for public education campaigns on how the virus works, another being framing the guidelines as something that is to be considered for your community rather than the country as a whole. Since the beginning, Ghana has had preparations dealt out efficiently and with little backlash or resistance through friendlier means of communication. Even now, the Republic of
Today, the Republic of Ghana still looks forward to improving future campaigns and research aimed towards the most efficient prevention plan possible. Though already successful, in order to further explore greater medical options, Ghana does require greater financial assistance. With greater financial assistance, Ghana could help to branch out to struggling neighboring countries (such as Togo, Côte d’ivoire, and Burkina Faso) who lack proper resources in addressing a global pandemic. Financial assistance would also mean the greater spread of stable healthcare for COVID-19 needs nationwide. The Republic of Ghana would be open and proud to collaborate with any country interested in helping.

Sources

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