The Ghana Medical Association has counseled the government against lifting the ban on social gathering considering the steady rise in the country’s positive case count.
According to the Association, the seeming disregard for all the preventive measures against the contraction and prevention of the virus, still places the country at risk of recording more cases, hence, the need for the government to stick to enforcing the ban.
They also want the country’s borders still closed to prevent further importation of the virus.
“The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) taking into consideration the number of COVID-19 positive cases in the country (mostly from community spread) and the seeming disregard for all the preventive measures put in place by large sections of the population, hereby states as follows. That … His Excellency the President of the Republic should not lift the ban on social gatherings…our international borders should remain closed for now,” a part of a statement released by the Association reads
GMA also wants the government to “ensure prompt and continuous distribution of PPEs to all health workers at various institutions at all times”
They believe that this will “guarantee the safety of all health workers as they continue to render care to patients.”
The Ghana Medical Association is asking Ghanaians to also strictly adhere to all the preventive measures outlined by the health officials to reduce the spread of the virus.
Ghana, as of, Saturday, May 9, has recorded 4,263 cases of the virus with 378 recoveries and 22 deaths.
Ban on social gatherings
Since March 16, a ban on all social gatherings in the country has been in force as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
This meant that conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, religious activities, and other related events were to be suspended.
There is, however, caveat that private burials were permitted but the mourners present must not exceed 25.
At the time the President announced the ban, Ghana had recorded six positive cases.
In his April 26, 2020 address to Ghanaians on the coronavirus situation, the President announced a two-week extension of the ban, set to expire on Sunday.
It is unclear if the President will further extend the ban or will issue a contrary directive.
Meanwhile, some Christian religious leaders in the country have said that they are ready to resume activities as they put together a proposal for the government to clearly spell out modalities under which they can safely perform their programmes without endangering the lives of congregants
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor | universnewsroom.com