Coronavirus: Ghana blocks vessels from entering Tema, Takoradi ports

All high-risk ships that take berth at the Tema and Takoradi ports have been blocked from coming to Ghana by the Ghana Port and Harbours Authority (GPHA).

forms part of measures to forestall the spread of the coronavirus infection in Ghana after the country recorded seven cases.

The General Manager in charge of Marketing and Corporate Affairs of the Authority, Esther Gyebi-Donkor, said: “The Port Authority is liaising with shipping agents to identify all high-risk vessels that may be coming into the country for the necessary precautionary action to be taken.

“Already, the Authority, in consultation with agents of cruise vessels has advised the postponement of all cruise ships scheduled to take berth at the Ports of Tema and Takoradi respectively and assures the general public that all other high-risk vessels will be treated with the same urgency”.

It added: “Among other things, the Authority is calling on all prospective students who wish to undertake their internship with the Port Authority to avoid coming to the offices seeking such opportunities for health and safety reasons as ‘the window is suspended until further notice.”

“Again, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visits to patients admitted to our Health facilities in Tema and Takoradi will be strictly regulated and urge family members and loved ones to bear with the medical teams while they do their utmost best to care diligently for the patients under their care,” the statement added.