– The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has urged the Government to retain the ban on social gatherings and the closure of the nation’s borders for now in order to progress the successes chalked in managing the COVID-19 crisis.
“His Excellency, the President of the Republic should not lift the ban on social gatherings for religious activities, schools, marriage ceremonies, funerals, etc. Our international borders should also remain closed for now,” the GMA said.
In a statement jointly signed by its president, Dr Frank Ankobea, President; and Dr Justice Yankson, General Secretary, the GMA also urged
the Government to strictly enforce all the preventive measures put in to contain the disease.
Some religious organisations and individuals have been appealing to the Government to lift the ban on religious activities and open schools.
However, the GMA said it had taken into consideration the number of new positive cases in the country (mostly from community spread) and the seeming disregard by large sections of the population for all the preventive measures.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is real, it is here with us in Ghana and is still a major threat to all persons living in the country,” it said.
“Non-adherence to the COVID-19 preventive measures at this point in our collective fight against the disease has a huge potential to erode any gains made so far. This also has the propensity to escalate further spread of the diseases,” the statement said.
Ghana’s confirmed COVID-19 cases are 4,263, with 22 deaths. However, there are 378 recovered patients.
It recorded its first two cases on Thursday, March 12, 2020.
The GMA also asked the Government to ensure the prompt and continuous distribution of Personal Protective Equipment to all health workers at their various institutions or work places at all times.
“This will guarantee the safety of all health workers as they continue to render care to patients”.
It encouraged all medical doctors and other health professionals to continue to dedicate themselves to the fight in the interest of the country.
The GMA urged citizens to strictly comply with all the COVID-19 preventive etiquette to ensure the safety of all.
“All persons living in Ghana should endeavour to adhere strictly to all the preventive measures, such as the ban on public and social gatherings, social distancing, use of face masks, hand washing under running water with soap and use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers,” it advised.
Meanwhile, the General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church, Dr Mensa Otabil, on Sunday, advised Christians to endure the consequences of the ban until it would be generally safe to resume in-person church activities.
There should be no rush to lift the ban on public gathering for religious activities against professional advice, he cautioned.