Former Minister for Interior under the erstwhile John Dramani Mahama administration and former Head of the UNFP’s Crisis Prevention and Recovery Team for Africa, Prosper Bani has warned Ghanaians to prepare for the worst as cases of infected COVID-19 patients will rise at a faster rate.
Prosper Bani, who serves as the Chairman of the NDC’s 13-member COVID-19 response team, said his team expects a significant rise in figures as they claim government is not doing much to curb the spread of the rather deadly virus.
According to Mr Bani, although government has put in place some measures to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, the measures remain inadequate.
“Indeed government in the several weeks passed have made some very sound recommendations and defined certain actions to mitigate the spread of this virus. Today I can say that this is not enough. This is not enough to flatten the curve of spreading this virus. To save lives, build confidence in our people and get community mobilized to support the response. Should we lose the war in our communities then we have lost the war in the country. What do we think should be done. First of all the government’s technical committee must be elevated into a crisis management team to reflect that is it no longer an ordinary technical collation committee but that it’s a committee made up of all sectors of the economy to address the crisis that confronts us today,” he stated.
He believes the situation will worsen if government doesn’t put its acts together by working collaboratively with other partners who are willing to help.
Warning Ghanaians to prepare for the worst, Prosper Bani said “Today we have the number 52 , from all my assessment and the conversation, the NDC technical team, there is an expectation that this number will rise and it will rise very very fast. So be prepared for the rough ride. I can tell you also that this condition will worsen before it gets better if we put our acts together.”
Speaking at an outdooring event of the technical team, the Chairman of the NDC Technical team advised government to work with them in order to contain the spread of the disease.
“It is doable if we work as a team, if we work collectively and as one nation with one objective leading to the same solution”.
He further entreated government to, with immediate effect, start testing Ghanaians in order to separate infected patients from the healthy ones.
“As we speak, as we increase the testing regime, we begin to realise that the numbers are increasing so therefore testing, testing, testing, is critical. We cannot postpone it, we cannot redefine it, what we need to do is to act and test our citizens as fast as we can…Without testing, we shall not know who has the virus or not.” he said.
Moreover, Prosper Bani said the 50,000 test kits government is procuring to test people is not enough.