The Vice President of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Frank Serebour has raised alarm on President Akufo-Addo’s latest comment that the National Identification Authority (NIA) and the Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) were not covered under the earlier restrictions he imposed on institutions and Ghanaians in the wake of COVID-19, MyNewsGh.com reports.
According to the Bekwai Government Hospital’s Medical Superintendent, the President’s comment is new to him and it seeks to exonerate the Director of Services of the EC, Dr Serebour Quaicoe who had earlier stated on CitiTv in an interview with Benard Avle that they (EC) were going ahead with their planned activities as they are exempted from the imposed restrictions.
Dr. Frank Serebour in an interview with Kojo Marfo on Kumasi-based Pure FM monitored by MyNewsGh.com, called for an independent fact-check to ascertain the veracity of the claim as he in particular remains surprised by the revelation.
On the new measures
Dr. Frank Serebour however praised President Akufo-Addo on the new measures he has outlined in partially lifting some of the imposed restrictions.
He stated that largely the decisions taken by the President are good and very workable.
He further appealed for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the various health workers across the country as it is one of their major need in helping combat the spread of the Coronavirus in Ghana.
President Akufo-Addo in his tenth address to the nation on May 31 on measures taken to combat the Coronavirus by government clarified that the EC and NIA are not covered under the restrictions he imposed on institutions and Ghanaians in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.
The President said the EC and NIA are to undertake their operations as scheduled but should observe social distancing and other safety protocols.
“Market places, workplaces, public transport, and constitutional and statutory bodies such as the Electoral Commission, the National Commission for Civic Education and the National Identification Authority, whose activities were exempted from the outset from these restrictions, must conduct their activities in accordance with social distancing and the necessary hygiene and safety protocols.”
He warned that punishment will be meted out to institutions that do not comply with the social distance directive and other outlined protocols.
Additionally, he partially lifted the restrictions on educational and religious organisations in the country.
According to him, final year students in the various stages of education in the country are to return to school this month.
Listen to Dr. Frank Serebour’s interview on Pure FM with Kojo Marfo below.
Source: MyNewsGh.com/ Evans Osei-Bonsu/ 2020