Following a campaign and decision by government to get Ghanaians to stay home in attempts to avoid the spread of the novel Coronavirus, Former President John Dramani Mahama has appealed for the directive to be adhered to and for Ghanaians to as much as possible stay home.
“We must all continue to cooperate with these
directives and STAY HOME. We need to stay home to prevent a faster spread of
the COVID-19 virus and slow the rate of infection,” the former President
said in a statement issued on Friday.
The National Democratic Congress flagbearer charged
government to step up its efforts at fighting the pandemic by making available
logistics to health workers and go beyond a lockdown.
Following reports of threats by some health workers to pull
out of the fight against COVID-19 due to lack of Personal Protective
Equipments, Mr Mahama said “While we observe the period of lockdown, it is
incumbent on Government to also take urgent action to resolve some of the
obvious shortcomings in our response to the pandemic. The unpleasant news of an
eminent strike by health workers at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital because of
the poor response to COVID-19 is most disturbing.
The situation in Korle Bu is not an isolated case.
Complaints of lack of PPEs and isolation facilities are coming from many health
facilities across the country and it is important that steps are taken to
identify areas of urgent need and supply the resources and logistics needed to
build the confidence of our frontline health workers to battle this
The imposition of restrictions the former President noted
comes with consequences which must be tackled to cushion Ghanaians.
He proposed the use of the Stabilization Fund to “build
some additional buffers for the economy. The use of the fund should be directed
at cushioning the general population through this period of economic slowdown.
These measures may include short term temporary tariff relief in respect of