CORONAVIRUS: EIGHT MORE MPS IN SELF-QUARANTINE

• Last week, two Members of Parliament and five parliamentary service staff who travelled outside the country recently were ordered to be in self-quarantine for the mandatory 14-day period before returning to work.

• The MPs involved are Binduri legislator, Dr. Robert Baba Kuganab-Lem and Ayawaso East lawmaker, Mahama Nasser Toure.

• They recently returned to the country from Japan and India respectively.



Eight more Members of Parliament have been told to self-quarantine after recent trips abroad on national assignments.


The Speaker of Parliament who made the announcement on Monday, March 23, 2020, failed to name the eight MPs.


Prof. Mike Oquaye while addressing the House said, the MPs in question were following advice and instructions of a medical doctor and the clerk to Parliament.

“You don’t expect me to mention names. This is not done anywhere with regards to these conditions. They are in self and voluntary isolation under the supervision and advice of our medical doctor and the clerk to Parliament…You don’t go about issuing details of names and all that. We are handling a matter in a very professional manner,” he said.


The Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, in giving some details about the MPs involved said contrary to claims, the MPs were not being held in mandatory quarantine in a hotel in Accra.


“Those of them that the Speaker alluded to were members who attended statutory meetings on behalf of Parliament and they had these engagements outside the country. 


Those of them we have informed them to stay away and be in voluntary confinement. Fortunately, they all arrived before the broadcast by the president over the weekend so they have not been quarantined in hotels. They are conforming, we are told,” he said.



5 MPs, 2 parliamentary service staff in self-quarantine


Last week, two Members of Parliament and five parliamentary service staff who travelled outside the country recently were ordered to be in self-quarantine for the mandatory 14-day period before returning to work.


The MPs involved are Binduri legislator, Dr. Robert Baba Kuganab-Lem and Ayawaso East lawmaker, Mahama Nasser Toure.


They recently returned to the country from Japan and India respectively.


Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu who announced the decision said the persons concerned were to observe the necessary protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in case they got infected when they travelled outside the country.



What should I do to keep my spirit up while in self-quarantine?


  • Being under quarantine can be frightening. The following should be done to reduce anxiety

  • Talk to the other members of the family about the COVID-19. Understanding the disease will reduce anxiety.

  • Reassure young children using age-appropriate language.

  • Think about how you have coped with difficult situations in the past and reassure yourself that you will cope with this situation too. Remember that quarantine won’t last for long.

  • Keep in touch with family members and friends via telephone, email or social media.

  • Stock plenty of materials to read to keep your mind occupied.

  • Exercise regularly from your quarantine area.

  • Ensure that you drink at least 8 glasses of water every day to keep hydrated.

  • Eat all your meals in a timely manner.





Credit to Source: Citi News Room edited by Wentitrel News

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