The National Democratic Congress MP for Ashaiman, Ernest Norgbey, has given the Akufo-Addo government a thumbs up for the effort it has initiated thus far to adequately prepare the country to handle the Coronavirus outbreak.
He also lauded the government for the measures it has implemented so far in dealing with the cases that have been recorded in Ghana and to ensure the spread is curtailed.
Ghana has recorded 27 confirmed cases so far with two reported dead. The government has indicated it is making frantic efforts to trace all persons who may have come into contact with the infected persons.
Globally the virus has infected over 100, 000 with more than 14,000 people dead.
To ensure the country is well-positioned to handle the Coronavirus and ensure it doesn’t spiral out of control, the government has closed its borders, ordered for 50, 000 more test kits, encouraged ‘work-from-home’ policy, intensified education and urged social distancing and frequent handwashing.
On Monday, in addition to the above-stated measures, government began an initiative to fumigate all markets across the country starting from some selected markets in the Greater Accra Region including markets within Ashaiman.
Appreciating government’s efforts, the NDC MP remarked, “I think it is a laudable idea what the government is doing. It is a timely intervention at this point in time. Better late than never but at this point in time we can only commend the government for this initiative to fumigate most of the densely populated market which is something we must applaud the government for.”
“The government has done so well so far, even though as I said earlier better late than never. Some of the measures put in place should have been put in place long time ago because we should have seen it coming from other areas. But by and large, they have done so well,” he told ABC News journalist, Jonah Eledi, after supervising the fumigation exercise in his constituency.
Despite applauding the government, the NDC MP noted that there was more to be done.
He advocated for a lockdown of Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions, where majority of the cases have been recorded to ensure that the virus doesn’t spread to other parts of the country.
Referring to what is happening in Europe, Ernest Norgbey cautioned, “What is happening in Italy is a cause to worry and should be a wakeup call to Ghanaians and especially to all of us.”
He added, “For instance Parliament, Ministers travel in and out of parliament and as Parliament, we are still sitting, who knows who is carrying the virus. It takes 14 days or more for you to know if someone has the virus so there should be total lockdown especially in the two regions, the Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions there should be a lockdown so that it doesn’t spread to regions that haven’t recorded it.”