The Ghana Medical Association has called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to immediately lockdown the country to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
According to the GMA, the lockdown is an effective and proven way to stop the spread of the virus and would help save lives even though it will be uncomfortable.
These conclusions were stated in a statement released by the GMA today, Wednesday, March 25th as the country marks a day of fasting and prayer against the disease.
The statement comes as the number of infections in Ghana continues to rise, with the current confirmed case total standing at 68 infections.
Some Ghanaians have already started calling for a lockdown for a while now but government has yet made no move to heed to the call.
PRESS STATEMENT ON NATIONAL RESPONSE TO COVID-19
The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has observed with grave concern the increasing heed of confirmed cases for COVID-19 in Ghana and our national response to the pandemic. On the day of national prayer and fasting, we call on all Ghanaians to keep this sacred and intercede for the nation.
The GMA being fully conscious of the threat posed by this pandemic. the disturbing heed of community spread and the obvious inadequate of capacity (logistic and human resource) of the nation’s health system to deal with increased numbers of COVID-19 infection especially in the severe to critical cases, call on His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana to declare a Nationwide Lockdown with the exception of essential services with immediate effect.
The Lockdown though not a comfortable decision for leadership and citizens alike. is a proven option backed by science and along with the other measures will ultimately be in our best interest. VVe call on all Ghanaians to support such a move in the national interest to save our nation from the devastating effects of the pandemic.
Dr Frank Ankobea President. GMA
Dr. Jus,ce Yankson General Secretary. GMA