A lecturer at the University of Ghana, Prof. Ransford Gyampo has commended government for its mandatory quarantine policy instituted as a measure to prevent the spread of the Novel Coronavirus.
According to him, though the policy may not be appreciated by many, it is crucial in managing the virus.
Government as part of measures to prevent further spread of the virus has put a ban on all public gatherings as well as given a directive that all persons who arrive in the country have to go through mandatory quarantine.
So far, Ghana has recorded 93 with many of the cases testing from persons under forced quarantine.
Reacting to this on Facebook, Prof. Gyampo said, ”The mandatory quarantine policy is yielding results, which may not be appreciated by those who, fortunately, may not be infected. Just imagining what would have happened if all who were mandatorily quarantined were allowed to go to their houses and live in the communities without the policy to isolate them for observation and testing. Government deserves commendation for this policy.”
He, however, averred that state funds should not be spent quarantining foreign travelers to Ghana in plush hotels. He recommends that persons under quarantine should pay for their hotel bills or be kept in the many hostels lying empty due to the closure of institutions in the country.
”But we shouldn’t waste our taxes quarantining foreign travelers to Ghana in plush hotels. We should either let them stay away, enforcing border closure directives and temporarily suspending all flights to Ghana or let them pay for their hotel bills as they are quarantined. We may also consider housing them in temporarily vacated hostels,” he opined.
Prof. Gyampo is of the view that, ”Resources being spent in disinfecting markets, should be re-directed at supporting the current fight to contain the Coronavirus. If the market disinfection, as the Deputy Local Government Minister has hinted, isn’t a direct fight against the current danger, then we must
rethink our use of resources in that area. We must get our priorities right in the fight against the Coronavirus.”