Former president John Dramani Mahama is calling on the government to embark on a mass COVID-19 testing exercise as plans are being made for the easing of restrictions.
John Mahama, in his latest write-up on the coronavirus situation in the country, believes that the COVID-19 fund set up by the government has accumulated enough money to be able fund such an exercise.
He says that the government could rely on private laboratories for the exercise as it is necessary to ensure a safe environment for all.
“Meanwhile, in the face of the imminent easing of restrictions, let me repeat the call on government to consider conducting mass testing, at least, at the point of need. What it means is that for instance all students, teachers, and ancillary staff returning to school or church attendants, following the easing of restrictions, should undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test as a safety precaution.
Government has accumulated enough resources in the name of COVID-19 to be able to fund a mass testing, even if it has to rely on private laboratories; for the sake of the life and health of Ghanaians.
The leader of the opposition National Democratic Congress further described reports that some members of parliament, as well as other parliamentary staff, have contracted the virus as very disturbing.
He says that the development ‘adds to the urgency of the situation we face as a country’
John Mahama wants the government to be ‘transparent and communicate the full picture of the extent of the disease,’ even as it is important to keep Ghanaians hopeful.
According to John Mahama, the government has been ineffective in its public education attempt.
He says that government’s communication efforts are rather creating a false impression that the country was doing well in handling the situation.
John Mahama believes that government’s advice that citizens should learn to live with the disease only suggests that one must take charge of his own destiny.
“Government has unfortunately not managed public education on coronavirus efficiently, while the latest communication creates the false impression that all is well with the management and spread of the disease. The advice from the President and other government officials that we should begin to learn to live with the disease suggests that you and I must take our destiny into our own hands as far as COVID-19 is concerned.
This is coming at a time that public education on the disease has dwindled to the extent that observance of hygiene and distancing protocols, as I indicated earlier, appear to be waning.
Meanwhile, John Mahama is calling on the government to “utilize some of the funds from the Stabilization Fund and the IMF to enhance local production and free distribution of re-usable face masks to especially vulnerable communities and groups”
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor | universnewsroom.com