A spokesperson for former President John Dramani Mahama Joyce Bawa Mogtari has opined that Ghana needs a long term plan in dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.
She says although observing the safety protocols was good, we need a long-term plan to help Ghana deal with the spike in our cases.
She wants the government to build the capacity of health workers to help deal with the new variant of the virus.
“Observing protocols is good, but we need long term planning, and more importantly, communication of same, so we can adjust to the new reality.”
President Akufo-Addo on Sunday reintroduced restrictions as part of efforts to curb the virus.
So, fellow Ghanaians, until further notice, funerals, weddings, concerts, theatrical performances, and parties are banned. Private burials, with no more than twenty-five (25) people, can take place, with the enforcement of the social distancing, hygiene, and mask-wearing protocols.
Beaches, night clubs, cinemas, and pubs continue to be shut. Our borders by land and sea remain closed.
All workplaces, public and private, must employ a shift-system for workers, in addition to the use of virtual platforms for business or work. Conferences and workshops can take place with all the appropriate protocols. However, I encourage the use of virtual platforms for such engagements.
Restaurants should provide take-away services, and should, as much as possible, avoid seated services. The National Sports Authority and the Ghana Football Association should ensure compliance with the twenty-five percent (25%) capacity rule in our stadia, with spectators respecting the social distancing rule and wearing of masks.”
But the spokesperson of the former president believes we could do far better than the measures in place now.
Her post read:
“In South Africa, civil society organizations are actively demanding transparency from government on policies regarding measures against COVID-19 – preparations for procuring and rolling out vaccines, expanding testing (especially as new variants are more infectious and spreading rapidly globally), and training health staff to deal with the new variants which are increasing the proportion of severe and critical patients
It is clear that the rate of infections and deaths have increased in Ghana over the past few months.
Observing protocols is good, but we need long term planning, and more importantly, communication of same, so we can adjust to the new reality.
- What is is our medium to long term strategy?
- When are we getting the vaccines and how will they be distributed?
- How many of those who want the vaccine will get it and when, please?