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General News of Sunday, 24 May 2020


Coronavirus: Possible collapse of the economy scares me – Minister

Upper East Regional Minister, Tangoba Abayage Upper East Regional Minister, Tangoba Abayage

The Upper East Regional Minister, Tangoba Abayage has said the fear of a possible collapse of the country’s economy and social activities due to the impact of the novel coronavirus is even more scary than what the virus can do to human lives.

“The scare of economic and social collapse, for me as a person, is even more scaring than the scare of the disease. Because, somehow, we’re able to manage the disease if we follow the protocols, but, we see staring in our faces, economic challenges, social challenges, religious challenges”.

The negative impact of the coronavirus which has brought the world’s economy to its knees is fast depleting the economy of growing countries like Ghana.

It is for this reason, Madam Tangoba who expressed optimism that the world will soon find a cure for the virus, fears the devastating effect of the Covid-19 pandemic could lead to a a bad omen on Ghana’s economy.

“Businesses are not going the way they are supposed to go. The total Ghanaian economy is under serious stray and stress. We are hoping that, sooner than later, the world will come to leave with it”, she said.

The minister said this when the Upper East Community (UPEC) living in North America presented items to the Regional Coordinating Council for delivery to the health directorate to help fight the spread of the virus.

UPEC is a non-profit, non-political and non-sectarian grouping of people descending from the Upper East Region and residents in North America.

Former Upper East Regional Minister who doubles a former Ambassador to Mali, Donald Adabere who presented the items on behalf of UPEC called for a collective effort towards the fight against the virus.

“Realizing the effects the pandemic could have on our people in this time of scarce resources, UPEC members decided to contribute their quota to help in the fight”.

Among the items donated include, 100 packets of hand gloves, 50 packets of FFP2 respirators, 30pcs of face shields, an infrared thermometer and 10 gallons of hand sanitizers.