The Public Health Initiative-Ghana has called on the government of Ghana to take drastic measures in her efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Ghana.
Below is the full message:
20th March, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DRASTIC MEASURES TO CONTAIN COVID-19 IN GHANA
In a recent release, Public Health Initiative-Ghana has suggested Decontamination and Proper Ventilation as two additional measures to prevent further spread of the coronavirus. As at the time of writing, Ghana’s case has risen to 16 confirmed cases. Per the case analyses, one person has been infected which has no travel history and has had no contact with an infected person. This brings the long-awaited fear of community transmission to our doorsteps.
Most Ghanaians are not perhaps taking the President’s containment measures serious and we as a nation are not getting serious either. We can still notice large gathering of people at market places and other areas. Funny but surprising is the NIA registration still ongoing in some parts of the country. The President asked JHS 3 and SHS 3 students to be in school to prepare for their examinations.
Public Health Initiative-Ghana wants to state categorically clear that these are recipes for disaster and looking at the rate of infection in the country, we are sitting on a time bomb. We therefore need to take drastic measures to ensure the coronavirus does not spread wide and hit as hard as it has done to some advanced countries.
We should not put so much trust in our health system. Even countries with advanced health care system are on their knees. On the healthcare front, we are not prepared and so the best is to adhere to preventive measures. With this, Public Health Initiative -Ghana calls on the Government of Ghana to immediately
1. Order the NIA to discontinue the ongoing registration exercise 2. Allow all schools to be closed with reference to SHS 3 and JHS 3 students 3. Close down all boarders 4. Close down all airports, especially the Kotoka International Airport 5. Provide Personal Protective Equipment for Health Workers across the country. Our checks reveal our health workers are working unprotected. 6. At the severest stage, lockdown inter-regional travels. 7. Decrease the number of passengers on public vehicles.
We are in hard times and we do not need to live normal lives. Ghana should wake up from her slumber and Ghanaians should put the trivialization of issues aside. Let us take our destiny into our hands as a nation for no nation can help us in these trying times. “Assyria cannot help us”.
Rev. Fr. Eric Kwasi Elliason, FAISM
Public Health Initiative –Ghana
With best wishes, Kwasi Miezah Elliason.