The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has made a passionate appeal to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to declare an immediate nationwide lockdown. The call, the GMA noted, is hinged on the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the disturbing trend of community transmission.
In a release copied to this news portal, the Association warned of the inadequate capacity of the nation’s health system to deal with increased numbers of infection, especially in severe and critical cases.
Read the full test of the release below:
PRESS STATEMENT ON NATIONAL RESPONSE TO COVID-19
The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has observed with grave concern the increasing trend of confirmed cases for COVID-19 in Ghana and our national response to this pandemic. On this 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 trend 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. We call on all Ghanaians to support such a move in the national interest to save our nation from the devastating effects of this pandemic.
Dr. Frank AnkobeaPresident, GMA
Dr. Justice YanksonGeneral Secretary, GMA