Just In: More 'fire' in town as Health professionals warn EC to scrap the registration exercise
Since the inception of the coronavirus pandemic in Ghana on March 12, 2020, the total number of confirmed recorded cases keeps increasing day in and day out. The COVID-19 pandemic, no question, has interrupted the business and normal living routine of Ghanaians. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Situations vis-a-vis coronavirus in Ghana keeps worsening each day and now more government officials are being chased by the virus. The human family is stressed and the social fabric is torn. Ghanaians are sitting on tenterhook as it is even difficult to decipher between an infected and uninfected person.
With Ghana having recorded an excess of 20,000 cases, we cannot afford the consequences of a continuous upsurge if the necessary decisions are not taken. Data from Ghana Health Service shows that, about twenty five percent (25%) of our reported cases were detected in the last month alone, June, a rather worsening indicator of our worsening position as a country.
A group of 220 health professionals have once again penned a letter to the Electoral Commission of Ghana to pause the ongoing mass registration exercise. This letter is an appeal to the Electoral Commission to scrap the registration exercise, figure out more safer ways of carrying it out and prevent Ghana from being a potential victim to this deadly pandemic. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
It must be recalled that on June 24, 2020 these health professionals penciled a first letter to the EC asking for the Commission scrap the exercise. Reiterating the arguments in the first letter, it noted, "We have never expected our work as health professionals to be easy but neither do we expect it to be suicidal. We wish to advise that caution is exercised in undertaking any activity that has the potential to accelerate the spread of the COVID-19." In response to this letter, the Commission assured that, all the COVID-19 safety protocols will be strictly adhered to. The Jean Mensa led Commission officially commenced the nationwide exercise on June 30, 2020 as slated.
Another 2 paged letter from these health professionals dated July 6, 2020 seeks to bring to the attention of the EC, the utter disregard for the COVID-19 safety protocols intended to stem the spread of the virus, in and around the registration centres.
It is crystal clear how these safety protocols that are intended to mitigate the spread of the virus are being flouted, in and around the various registration centres across the country. Observing the compliance of the social distancing protocol at these centres, it falls in the category and has the potential of endangering the health and well being of the population. This could lead to unwanted pain and possibly more deaths as the past few days have shown. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
The letter indicated, "Unfortunately, the ongoing registrations and the complete disregard for these safety protocols has confirmed our worst fears. Considering the increasing number of infections coupled with challenges in testing for early identification of cases, it is quite disquieting to observe huge numbers of people at and around registration centres mostly ignoring precautionary measures."
"This is inimical to our fight against the pandemic and threatens to eliminate whatever successes we have chalked so far. These and many other reasons make it unconscionable that your Commission ignores all caution and still proceed with this exercise, " the statement further emphasized.
They further cautioned the Commission about the intense pressure on all building blocks of health system, that may occur as a result of continuous upsurge in the COVID-19 cases. It could also lead to a deterioration of health services delivery and increasing pressure on the already inadequate health facilities. Already, many health facilities are running and the implications is that the infected persons would be turned away from the health facilities.
In a nutshell, this letter from the health professionals appeals to the Electoral Commissioner and her team to reconsider their decision on the ongoing voters' registration exercise as it could pose more danger on the lives of Ghanaians. The Association further urged all Ghanaians to remain resolute and strictly adhere to all the precautionary measures that have been put in place in a bid to mitigate the spread if this deadly virus.
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