Parliament has told two of its MPs and some five(5) staff to self-quarantine following the global coronavirus pandemic.
According to Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu the individuals are to follow precautionary measures outlined by the World Health Organisation to prevent the spread of the coronavirus when they return to the country from their overseas travels
The MPs include a Deputy Ranking Member of Parliament’s Health Committee and Binduri MP, Dr Robert Baba Kuganab-Lem and Ayawaso East MP, Mahama Nasser Toure.
On the floor of the House on Thursday, March 19, 2020, Majority Leader Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, asked the said persons to stay home for the mandatory time frame prescribed by WHO.
“…..Mr. Speaker, I speak in particular for the case of the Honourable Dr Robert Kuganab-Lem, the Member for Binduri who just arrived by Ethiopian Airways from Tokyo. Mr Speaker, the Honourable Nasser Mahama is coming tomorrow and he should stay out, parliament is sitting tomorrow and he will be coming tomorrow but when he comes he should stay out. Mr Speaker, some staff are also being advised to stay out, some of them including their spouses like Mr and Mrs Ekow Akwa, they went to Nigeria, Mr Kwesi Amankwa, then we have Agnes Florence from Records, Abdul Fataw Alhassan and others whom we have advised to stay outside for the time being. They will be needing a certificate of clearance to come back”.
Contributing to the discussion on the floor of the House, Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu requested for details of the MPs and staff of the parliamentary service so public health officials could follow up and ensure they’re properly quarantined.
“…..I may want to take their details and their contact numbers to pass it on to our workers who are doing this work. To trace them and let them calm down. And if they want, we can meet them even at the airport, drive them to their homes and continue to monitor them for 14 days.”
“But Mr Speaker, this shouldn’t go to only our colleagues who have travelled. All of us. Even if you have not travelled, and you have a course to believe that you have come into contact with someone who has been diagnosed, you don’t need anybody to ask you to go into self – quarantine. You should do that,” he said.