Lockdown Ghana now or get ready for mass burial is the warning from the United Press for Development Network (UPDN) and Citizens for Change and Accountable Governance (CCAG) to the government of Ghana.
This was contained in a press statement sighted by newsghana24.com. Below is the full press release.
Haven’t observed developments around the world and how vulnerable Ghana’s Health system works, United Press for Development Network (UPDN) and Citizens for Change and Accountable Governance (CCAG) is by this Press Statement urging the government to go for a total lockdown.
The spate at which developed countries with well-equipped facilities have been brought to their knees begging for support and Gods intervention, it is just prudent that we lockdown as a matter of urgency.
We have listened to the World Health Organization (WHO), Ghana Medical Association, Ghana Pharmaceutical Council, Civil Society Organizations, Non-governmental Organizations, Security Experts, Scientists, Researchers, Medical Practitioners, Nurses and Doctors and we are convinced Ghana and the entire continent (Africa) if not the world should lockdown immediately before the worse happen in our quest to win the battle against COVID-19.
This is a major world emergency health war and human existence crises that need tough and rapid measures to nip in bud.
UPDN/CCAG reckons the efforts by President Akufo-Addo to contain and avoid both vertical and horizontal spread of the virus in the country but the risk confronting us as a people is so high that, if we wait one more week before the shutdown, Ghana should be ready for mass burial of it citizens.
According to the Ghana Statistical Service’s 2016 Population and Housing Census, Ghana has a population of 27,752,983 (approximately 28million) and currently we (Ghana) have one doctor to essentially 4,000 population ratio, with very divesting and porous health system coupled with insanity environment and no bed syndrome.
As COVID-19 spikes on daily bases in Ghana and considering the contact tracing announced by the Ghana Health Service totaling some 575 almost 600 in 10days and non-contact tracing, it is important to lockdown to avoid any further escalations.
We admonish Finance Minister and Government to provide the financial backings for the necessary COVID-19 measures to be taking immediately by stakeholders even if we have to borrow.
UPDN urges media persons not to endanger their lives in the quest for news and COVID-19 reportage, also we request media owners to acquire some protective materials such as gloves, bodysuit and full face mask for use by their field reporters.
Kofi Asante Mensah