Posted on May 29, 2020 by Pnafrica
Minority leader in Parliament Hon. Haruna Iddrisu has beckoned
on the government to desist from selling false hope to Ghanaians, with the
claim that the COVID-19 situation is under control when it is not. The Minority
leader stated that this is an insult to the intelligence of the Ghanaian people
and makes a mockery of the seriousness of the situation.
Addressing the press, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu reiterated that candour and consistency must be the order of the day including testing, tracing, monitoring, and isolation where necessary must be a daily routine. He further lamented that what the Akuffo Addo’s led government must know is that their apparent choices of treating this pandemic as a lesser priority than a real crisis management effort will ultimately be exposed.
He said “we in the minority have absolutely no desire to witness such a failure because the cost will be counted in Ghanaian lives and livelihood”. He also added that if the containment strategy Government has led it to unravel any further fails, the brunt of this burden will fall on the frontline healthcare workers. And this he emphasized will reduce their courage and competence which will be the last defence for many of our countrymen who will face the worst of this disease.
Furthermore the Minority Leader disclosed that the latest update as of April 8, 2020 - a staggering 3,091 confirmed cases is the second-highest in West Africa after Nigeria which has reported 3,145 cases. We should however be worried when we compare our population to that of Nigeria. He therefore concluded that this troubling development should serve as a wake-up call that the time for wishful thinking is over.
Also, the Ranking member for the health committee, Hon. Kwabena Mintah Akandoh has stated that PPEs purchase by the government will be distributed to health workers to ensure their safety. He noted that despite the directive from the president, some health facilities lack these PPEs which will enable them to operate fully.
Mr. Kwabena Mintah Akandoh therefore iterated that the Minister for Health must appear before the house with the distribution list of all sixteen regions in order to help the government in the measures to combat the spread.
THE PRESIDENT'S PROMISES.
Meanwhile in an address to the nation on 5th April, 2020, the President of Ghana stated that Health Services in the country are to receive the results of fifteen thousand, three hundred and eighty- four(15,384) out of nineteen thousand, two hundred and seventy - six (19,276) persons who have been reached through contact tracing.
It is the results of these tests that will determine the future course of action. He also added that government's policies and measures will continue to be driven by science in this matter. He further said that the health workers will not pay taxes for the next three months and all Frontline health workers will receive an additional allowance of fifty percent of their basic monthly salaries.
He emphasized that this is being done to encourage health personnel in the country to help in the fight of the COVID-19.
Story by RUBY TACKIE