Former President John Dramani Mahama has called for intercessory prayers by all Ghanaians to prevent the deadly coronavirus from coming into the country.
In addition, the former President urged the various stakeholders in Health such as the United Nations System, Health Professionals, Academia as well as Civil Society Organizations to take bold decisions to help avoid the spread of the COVID-19 which has infected over 93,000 people in more than 50 countries around the world.
Taking to his Facebook page on Tuesday, March 3, John Dramani Mahama stated that although the World Health Organization has not declared the virus a pandemic, it is “posing a serious threat to global security, economy, trade, and transport” and therefore urged Ghana to “implement aggressive preventive measures” to protect the citizenry.
“I, passionately, call on all stakeholders- Governments, the United Nations System, Health Professionals, Academia, Multinational Corporations, International and Local NGOs and CSOs – to immediately take a united, bold and definite stance against this Coronavirus disease, raise and pool resources in order to halt the spread of the deadly disease and end it.
“While we take bold action to prevent the spread of this COVID-19 disease, we must also offer intercessory prayers to the almighty to grant as a Passover,” he wrote.
Mr Mahama believes the African continent is vulnerable to the COVID-19 and therefore, a strong educational awareness and campaign on “the nature and mode of transmission of COVID-19 as was done in the period of the Ebola disease outbreak.”
Earlier this week, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia urged the general public to minimize physical contact by avoiding handshakes as frequently as possible to control the spread of the coronavirus which death toll stands at over 3,000 globally.
Former President Mahama, who agreed with this advise stated: Discouraging handshaking, frequent handwashing, use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers at public gatherings such as churches, mosques, funerals etc. should be promoted as soon as possible.”
“Measures such as establishment of quarantine centres, provision of hazmat suits, temperature monitoring and traveller tracking are urgently required,” he added.
Read the former President’s comment below: