The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) is demanding answers from the Ghana Police Service to explain why the President’s order on the ban on public gathering and social distancing was not adhered to in the installation of the Okuapehene.
The Kingmakers of Akuapem Traditional Area began rites to enstool Odehye Kwadwo Kesse on May 1 in the Eastern Region and many flouted the social distancing directive as there were large crowds at the event.
Many were seen without nose masks and stood close to each other and that is against the directives given by the President and the Ghana Medical Association to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Speaking on Newsfile, the General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Justice Yankson said all persons involved in the installation process must be arrested and punished.
According to him, while the country is battling coronavirus with directives on social distancing and public gathering not exceeding 25, the police administration in charge of security at the event couldn’t ensure that.
He further called on the National House of Chiefs to come out to explain why that happened, insisting all those involved must be held accountable for their actions whilst the country is trying to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
“There is a risk out there, there was no social distancing, a few people were wearing nose masks which is dangerous. This could have been done by a few people. We saw people holding hands and flouted the one-meter social distancing rule, this is unacceptable and must not be encouraged. Fight against the spread of COVID-19 depends on compliance, the National House of Chiefs should be asking themselves questions, the Police administration who provided security must also answer questions, the people involved must be arrested and punished for flouting the President’s directives, people must be held responsible for their actions, we can’t allow this to happen when we are all fighting a pandemic.
Meanwhile, Dr. Justice Yankson said the social distancing protocol must be reviewed since most people are not adhering to it, with the focus solely on market women.
“We need to review the social distancing protocols. We only talk about the markets not observing social distancing but people in our communities are also not observing social distancing If you look at the cases in Ghana most of our cases are asymptomatic. They don’t show any signs of illness,” he explained.
Ghana’s coronavirus case count is now 2,074 with 18 deaths and 229 recoveries.