2 MPs, 5 parliamentary staff to be quarantined over coronavirus

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Two Parliamentarians, Dr Robert Kuganam-Leb and Nasser Mahama Toure, as well as five staff of Parliament, are to go into quarantine after they return from abroad.

According to Majority Leader Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, the Deputy Ranking Member on the Health Committee and Ayawaso East MP, as well as the staff members, have been asked to stay home after they travelled to affected countries.

He said on the floor of parliament Thursday that Mr. Toure who is MP for Ayawaso East “is coming tomorrow. He should stay out. He will be coming from India.”

The Minister for Parliamentary Affairs named five parliamentary staff who have also returned from Nigeria as others who have been affected by a directive not to show up to work in the house.

“Staff members have also been advised to stay out including their spouses who went to Nigeria. The advice is that these people should stay outside for the time being,” Mr. Mensah Bonsu said.

“They should stay outside to enable a period of purge to take place before they come,” he added.

After the Majority leader named the affected individuals, First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Joe Osei Owusu who was presiding over sitting quizzed “if there weren’t arrangements for people to self quarantine?”

Health Minister Kwaku Agyemang Manu who was on the floor asked for the details of the MPs and staff so public health officials will follow up and ensure they are isolated.

“The majority leader is making this request. 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 meet them even at the airport, they will drive them to their homes and continue to monitor them for 14 days,” he said.

“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 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 added.

Mr. Agyemang Manu said; “the disease is not very, very very fatal. But the rate at which it spreads is quite frightening. And so, we should all keep ourselves from contacts. Especially, those who like visiting MPs… Those who go to MPs should stop going for now.”

Health Minister Kwaku Agyemang Manu asked for the details of the MPs and staff so public health officials will follow up and ensure they are quarantined.

Source: Myjoyonline.com

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