A civil society group, Bureau of Public Safety has advised Government of Ghana to as a matter of urgency lockdown the whole country as number of infected persons continue to rise.
In a statement copied to mypurefmonline.com, Director of Research and Advocacy, Etornam Korda stated:
‘Having keenly followed events in the last couple of days regarding the State’s effort to contain the nCov-19 pandemic, the Bureau of Public Safety expresses deep concern that if the President and the Response Team do not take further bold and radical steps, all the good efforts applied will come to nought and eventually our country will be consumed by this ravaging novel virus.’
‘We therefore wish to call on the government to consider the following urgently: Impose a 21 day lockdown/restricted movement across all sixteen regions, gear up tracing and testing capacity and effort, apply more efforts at education and effective monitoring of traced contacts and suspected cases to minimize frequent escapes from isolation centre and enhance compliance to medical advise and expand testing sites across all 16 regions within the shortest possible time.’
The group stated that they are inspired by the periodic updates of the president, however, announced actions as contained in update no. 6 regarding lockdown/restricted movements and the overall appreciation of data regarding the emergence or spread of infections across the country ‘gives us every cause to worry’.
‘We therefore urge all Ghanaians to join us in the call for the extension of restricted movements across the country and support Government in these trying times. We further call on all citizens and residents to comply with the directives on restriction of movements; as our collective discipline remain key in this fight against the nCov-19.’ the statement read.