The Ghana Immigration Service(IMS) has given the firm assurance that it was complying with the directives of President Nana Akufo Addo to close borders to neighboring countries.
The closing of borders in Ghana as directed by the President has been necessitated following the swelling confirmed cases of COVID-19 in most part of Saharan Africa with Burkina Faso to the North of Ghana has recorded not less than 60 confirmed cases.
Ghana has so far recorded close to 24 confirmed cases under management with reports that some patients are recovering.One Lebanese citizen has so far died from the disease in Ghana.
But addressing Ghanaians in a televised message ,President Nana Akufo Addo said the decision to partially shutdown the borders for human movement was in the interest of the country and called on all security agencies to abide by the directive.
Speaking in an interview on A1 Radio, Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Immigration Service in Upper East Region ,Assistant Superintendent Martin Soyeh told Host of Daybreak Upper East,Samuel Mbura that they were actively complying by the directives by the President which took effect on Sunday.
He said all the seven approved borders in the region have been secured while they were dealing with the unapproved routes that will be used by some immigrants.
He however noted that only Ghanaians are allowed entries into the country through the borders but exits are not permitted.
ASI Soyeh also indicated that only cargo cars and related vehicles will be allowed entry and departure.
“What we are currently doing is that, anyone entering into Ghana is disallowed ,anyone leaving Ghana is disallowed but for Ghanaians who are entering into Ghana, you cannot at for now at the border refuse them entry we are trying to liaise with the port health for places of quarantine so that we could keep them for that duration and then later test them if they will be allowed to enter. But if such a place is not available by the end of today we might refuse anybody coming into Ghana” he said.
Meanwhile, ASI Soyeh added that they have facilities to cater for quarantine cases though the facility is limited
“We do have but the facility is limited,we have one at the border itself that was built to combat the Ebola virus and that is what currently we are using but it is limited” he added.