The United Nations (UN) office in Ghana has confirmed that one of the reported cases of the deadly coronavirus reported in Ghana is a member of their staff.
The UN confirmed this latest development in a press release issued today, March 13, 2020.
Although the identity of the staff member was not disclosed, the statement added that the patient “worked in one of the UN buildings up until the morning of March 12 2020.”
The statement further disclosed that all members of staff who worked in that particular building should work from home as a precautionary measure to ensure the virus does not spread.
The press release by the United Nations also disclosed that their decision is in coordination with the Ghanaian authorities and other relevant stakeholders.
“One of the two cases of COVID-19 announced by the Government of Ghana is a UN staff member who worked in one of the UN buildings up until the morning of March 12 2020. To ensure the safety of all staff in that building and the continuation of our work for sustainable development, the United Nations in Ghana has decided as a precautionary measure that staff on those premises should work from home.”
“This measure is taken temporarily and decisions are taken in coordination with the national authorities. This supports the containment of COVID-19 and is in line with the United Nations worldwide standard Business Continuity procedures. Other staff working in other UN entities’ premises continue working in the office normally,” the press release added.
The United Nations office in Ghana also assured the public that the United Nations is working closely with governments at the global, regional and country levels to ensure an efficient response to address the coronavirus outbreak.
“At the global, regional and country levels, the United Nations is working closely with governments to support preparedness and response to address the global COVID-19 outbreak.”
“The UN team in Ghana through the World Health Organisation (WHO) is working with the government to strengthen preparedness and response efforts,” the statement added.