The Ghana Medical Association have called for Lockdown of the country to help tackle the problem of COVID-19. Currently a total of sixty-eight (68) cases including three(3) deaths have been confirmed for COVID-19. Sixty-five (65) of these confirmed cases are being managed in isolation.
Overall, 30 of the 68 cases have been reported in the general population with the remaining 38 cases among persons currently under mandatory quarantine. As of 24 March, total of 1,030 persons were under mandatory quarantine; samples from 863 of them have been tested and 38 confirmed positive.
Through a press release which was dated Wednesday, 25th March,2020. The Ghana Medical Association stated,
” The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has observed with grave concern the increasing trend of Confirmed cases for COVID-19 in Ghana and our national response to this pandemic. On this day of national prayer and fasting. We call on all Ghanaians to keep this sacred and intercede for the nation.”
”The GMA being fully conscious of the threat posted by this pandemic, the disturbing trend of community spread and the obvious inadequate of capacity (logistic and human resource) of the nation’s health system to deal with increased numbers of COVID-19 infection especially in the severe to critical cases, call on His Excellency the President of Republic of Ghana to declare a Nationwide Lockdown with the exception of essential services with immediate effect.”
”The Lockdown though not a comfortable decision for leadership and citizens alike, is a proven option backed by science and along with the other measures will ultimately be in our best interest. We call on all Ghanaians to support such a move in the national interest to save our nation from the devastating effects of this pandemic.”