COVID 19: Ghana must go on lockdown to stop spread – Ghana Scouts and Guides advises

The Ghana Scouts and Guides fellowship has joined the Ghana Medical Association and the Trade Union Congress to call for a lockdown to curtail the spread of the coronavirus in the country which has already infected 136 persons while claiming the life of 4.

In a statement signed by the President of the Ghana Scouts and Guides Fellowship Mr. Prosper Bani, stated that an immediate lockdown will go a long way to save lives as well as stop the spread of the disease.

‘’We also recognize the discussions around whether to lockdown or not and would like to associate ourselves with the position of the TUC and the Ghana Medical Association, and emphasizing the importance of saving lives and stopping the spread as the underlining factors.,, The statement stated.

The statement further outlined some pragmatic measures which should be implemented to avert further spread of the virus.

The measures include sensitizaton of the citizens on prevention protocols and safe hygiene practices, quarantine and effective monitoring of affected persons, regular updates on situational reports, provision of PPEs to frontline workers and completion of isolation and treatment centers across the country.

‘’While acknowledging the good work of the government so far, we would like to suggest more radical measures to stop the spread, and consideration should be given to the following:

Additional campaign measures to enable the message of citizens to be aware of the prevention protocols and to practice safe hygiene.

Institute an aggressive quarantine regime with effective monitoring

Regular information on the number of citizens being infected should be shared regularly and timely and indicate where the current epicenter is in Ghana.

Protect frontline health workers with PPEs to ensure they are protected when taking care of infected persons.

Speed up the completion of treatment and isolation centers in hospitals to take care of the sick.’’ The stament oulined.

The statement finally calls on the members of the Ghana Scouts Association and the Girl Guides Association of Ghana to respect the government’s directive, and implement all the preventive protocols, as well as provide voluntary community service to save lives.

Read the full statement below

STATEMENT BY THE SCOUTS AND GUIDES FELLOWSHIP OF GHANA
ON THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC.

The world is witnessing the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus which was first detected in China in December 2019.

Since then the virus has spread throughout the world with Asia, Europe, Middle East and the USA being the most affected.

In an attempt to flatten the curve of the spread, some of the affected countries have adopted the lockdown approach to containing the pandemic, while others have instituted strong measures to stop the spread. These initiatives have resulted in varied outcomes.

In Africa, several governments are responding to the pandemic gradually and at different levels of implementing a lockdown. South Africa the most affected country have started a 21 days lockdown, while Rwanda, Kenya Cote d’ivoire, Senegal and Ghana have initiated actions to restricted movements, reduced the number of people who gather, closed borders and increased campaigns on the protocols for prevention such as washing of hands, physical and social distancing, and staying at home. In spite of these measures the number of infected persons are increasing.

In Ghana the government has announced far reaching measures which includes the closure of borders, social and physical distancing, quarantine of suspected persons, isolation and treatment. All in an effort to stop the spread of the virus.

While acknowledging the good work of the government so far, we would like to suggest more radical measures to stop the spread, and consideration should be given to the following:

Additional campaign measures to enable the message of citizens to be aware of the prevention protocols and to practice safe hygiene.

Institute an aggressive quarantine regime with effective monitoring

Regular information on the number of citizens being infected should be shared regularly and timely and indicate where the current epicenter is in Ghana.

Protect frontline health workers with PPEs to ensure they are protected when taking care of infected persons.

Speed up the completion of treatment and isolation centers in hospitals to take care of the sick.

We also recognize the discussions around whether to lockdown or not and would like to associate ourselves with the position of the TUC and the Ghana Medical Association, and emphasizing the importance of saving lives and stopping the spread as the underlining factors.

We call on members of the Scouts and Girls fellowship of Ghana, the Ghana Scouts Association and the Girl Guides Association of Ghana to respect the government’s directive, and implement all the preventive protocols, as well as provide voluntary community service to save lives.
Be Prepared.

Prosper Bani
President
Ghana Scouts and Guides Fellowship.
Accra.