COVID-19 results of MPs will not be made public – Parliament

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Parliament’s Director of Medical Services, Dr. Prince Pambo has disclosed that the outcome of the COVID-19 test on Members of Parliament and staff will not be made public.

According to him, the results will rather be made known individually to those who tested and not released to the public.

“Once the results are out, negative or positive, results will be declared not to any other person but the concerned individuals, and the necessary steps will be taken to stop the spread of infection within Parliament,” Dr. Prince Pambo said.

The Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, directed the rapid mass testing of Members of Parliament (MPs) and the parliamentary staff for COVID-19.

The decision formed part of measures aimed at curbing a spread of the viral outbreak in the House.

As a result of that directive, the samples of some 690 persons in Parliament were taken during the test last week.

The safety of Ghana’s parliamentarians amidst the COVID-19 pandemic has become a topical issue with more and more people making varied opinions as to how MPs can go about their parliamentary duties without the risk of infection.

As of Monday, May 25, 2020, Ghana had recorded 6,808 cases of the novel outbreak with 2,070 recoveries and 32 deaths.

The Greater Accra Region is still leading the chart with 4,836 cases, followed by the Ashanti and Central Regions with 1,062 and 306 cases respectively.

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