The Minority in Parliament has asked the government to be candid with Ghanaians on the true state of the COVID-19 situation in the country.
This call was part of a five-point recommendation the Minority gave to the government on Monday, July 5, 2021, on the back of the outbreak of the highly transmissible COVID-19 delta variant at the Achimota School in Accra.
Speaking to the media on Monday, July 5, 2021, the Ranking Member on the Health Committee of Parliament, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, said the government must return to the regime of aggressive testing and contact tracing.
“Government must revert to its initial plan on testing by conducting routine surveillance tests, enhanced contact tracing tests, and also effective testing of all incoming travellers not just at Kotoka International Airport but also across our seaports and land borders.”
The Caucus also called on the government to within a week produce a genomic sequencing policy of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country to facilitate early detection of the new variants.
“Immediately put in measures and produce within a week an effective genomic sequencing policy for COVID-19 that is credible and effective enough to facilitate the early detection of all COVID-19 variants and the extent of their spread within Ghanaian communities.”
“Release approved funds for the various health institutions and agencies, so they can better perform their duties. Fast-track the procurement of vaccines through appropriate channels to secure vaccines for the remaining 19 million Ghanaians it promised to vaccinate this year,” Mr Akandoh.