We’ve largely contained the potential importation of cases-Gov’t
Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has maintained that it would have been dangerous if we had no system to quarantine Ghanaians who recently returned home from abroad.
According to him, President Akufo-Addo is still interested in finding measures by which we can ensure that we don’t even the risk of significant communal spread.
On the need for a lockdown he said, the will continue to review the various options and advice that is brought to him, and if it becomes necessary, that we would have to go on lockdown, we will not hide anything from the people of Ghana.
On the issue of the mandatory quarantine, he said despite the apprehensions, the data that is coming out is showing us that restriction itself was in their own interest and that of the nation.
”So if it becomes necessary that we must have some further restrictions in our own interest, the president will do well to take that decision and let us know,” he added.
He said per the data available, it does not inform the government to go into lockdown but it becomes necessary, we will let the people of Ghana know.
The Minister stressed all the options are being considered and when it becomes necessary, the government will take that decision.
He said handling the different scenarios of lockdown should be something we have to consider especially when they are Ghanaians who live from hand mouth, those who need sanitation, toilet facilities. You will need to consider all of those.
”It is not something you take lightly. You have to weigh and consider the scenarios and how to enforce it, he added.
Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the government was clear in the mind that the country has largely contained the potential importation of cases.
No lockdown for now-Prez
President Akufo-Addo says the government is not considering a lockdown currently because of the implications it will have on many people.
According to him, although the country is recording more coronavirus cases, the government is still monitoring the situation and will implement decisions that are in the best interest of all.
“Now people are talking about a lockdown in Ghana and this and that but we should know that the majority of people will be affected. The ordinary Ghanaians are the ones that will be most affected and it is important for us who have to take this decision to take into account, their circumstances and conditions.
“If you lockdown Accra, what are the consequences? If we lockdown the country, what are the consequences? A responsible government is required to look at all this before decisions are made and that is the exercise on which we are currently engaged.
“I am hopeful that sooner than later, we will come to an agreement within government on the way forward and the Ghanaian people will be informed. But I want to assure you that the matters you have put on the table are matters we are actively deliberating on,” President Akufo-Addo said.
Addressing leaders of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) led by General Secretary Dr. Yaw Baah at the Jubilee House, President Akufo-Addo said he was optimistic current measures put in place by the government will help curb further spread of the virus.
“I have indicated to the country that the main objectives of our policies and responses which includes limiting importation. We are trying to take control of the spread of the virus by making provision to strengthen our capacity to care for those who are sick, limiting as much as possible the impact on our social and economic lives and then also, trying to find a way to use this crisis as an opportunity to strengthen our nation.
“We have seen how dependent we are on foreign import for our medicines and that shouldn’t be the case. But now we are finding the capacity to produce things for ourselves,” he concluded.
By: Rashid Obodai Provencal