CORONAVIRUS: LOCKDOWN GREATER ACCRA & ASHANTI REGIONS NOW

• The Bureau also considered several social welfare issues, and identified basic ones such as housing, supply of portable water and electricity services, as inadequate, and/or unreliable.

"In the face of current realities, effecting a (partial or total) lockdown later will be ineffective at discontinuing a further spread and subsequently pose significant threat to human security" the Bureau concluded.

• With the list of traceable contacts increasing by the day in their hundreds, the task of tracing and effectively monitoring contacts may become overwhelming as confirmed cases increase by the day.



The Bureau of Public Safety is calling for the “immediate discriminated lockdown” of Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions for at least 21 days.


In a statement, the Bureau of Public Safety siad it has taken notice of and commend earlier and further measures announced by the President and the COVID-19 Response Committee.


However, having followed developments and data from other countries in Africa and the rest of the world, the Bureau of Public Safety is of a firm conviction that unless Government take immediate drastic and decisive measures, in addition to already taken measures the COVID-19 numbers may continue to go up in the country and the consequences will be dire.


In the statement, the bureau of public safety said, we have independently assessed the fears, facts and available figures relevant to COVID-19 in Ghana and are fully convinced that despite all measures in place to avoid lateral or community spread and ensure public safety, the health system lacks the capacity to contain a mass outbreak in the event of occurrence.

The Bureau of Public Safety in a statement said, we specifically reference physical space, personal protective equipment, expert manpower required to manage (advance) cases of Covid-19, expert physicians, support logistics such as ventilators, among other equipment and consumables.


The Bureau also considered several social welfare issues, and identified basic ones such as housing, supply of portable water and electricity services, as inadequate, and/or unreliable.


"In the face of current realities, effecting a (partial or total) lockdown later will be ineffective at discontinuing a further spread and subsequently pose significant threat to human security" the Bureau concluded.


With the list of traceable contacts increasing by the day in their hundreds, the task of tracing and effectively monitoring contacts may become overwhelming as confirmed cases increase by the day.


A total of 315 suspected cases have been tested for COVID-19 by Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR).


Twenty-four (24) of these have been confirmed at the laboratory as COVID-19. Twenty-three of the confirmed cases are receiving treatment in isolation and one (1) of the cases who had underlying chronic pulmonary condition prior to having COVID-19 has died.


Contact tracing for confirmed cases


A total of 575 contacts have been identified and are being tracked. One (1) of the contacts developed symptoms and has been confirmed positive.


On the basis of the foregoing arguments, the Bureau of Public Safety strongly recommends immediate discriminated lockdown of the following with exception to essential services aspects only:


  • Greater Accra, Tema and Ashanti Regions for at least 21 days after which it should be re-evaluated

  • All Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) for at least 21 days after which it should be re-evaluated

  • All Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) for at least 21 days after which it should be re-evaluated


The Bureau of Public Safety further recommend that Government immediately works out a social support package for population groups that may be hard hit by these measures.


"While these actions will definitely have negative impact on the economy in the immediate to short term, our country and its citizens stand to benefit in the medium to long term as we collectively work to break the chain of COVID-19 infections", the statement read.


The Bureau finally, called on Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to draw from lessons from countries such as China, Italy, etc which have been hard hit by the pandemic and timely actions of Rwanda which has fewer cases yet has taken that bold decision to lock down.



Read the full report from the Bureau of Public Safety





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