The Ghana Medical Association has added its voice to calls for government to immediately lock the country to forestall a looming uncontrollable spread and attendant deaths of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although the group acknowledges that the lockdown is not a comfortable decision for leadership and citizens alike, it said it is a proven option backed by science which along with other measures will ultimately be in the country’s best interest.
In a statement jointly signed by GMA President, Dr. Frank Ankobea and its General Secretary, Dr. Justice Yankson, the doctors described the increasing trend in the cases of the pandemic in the country as devastating and called on all citizens to come on board and help fight same.
Ghana has so far recorded 68 cases of the novel coronavirus and recorded some three local deaths. Outside the country, three citizens have died of the disease.
“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 except for essential services with immediate effect, the GMA asserted.
With today, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, a national day of prayer and fasting as declared the President in his last address to the nation, the GMA also called on all Ghanaians “to keep this sacred and intercede for the nation.”