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Coronavirus: Parliament must set a better example; release MPs test results – Ablakwa

Member of Parliament for the North Tongu Constituency, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has urged leadership of parliament to disclose COVID-19 test results of Members of Parliament.

“I am totally disappointed in how the COVID-19 testing of MPs and Staff of the House has been managed. There should be nothing to hide. Let us lead by example and in a way that avoids entrenching stigmatization which is becoming a major challenge in the national coronavirus response. Many world leaders and institutions of repute have not concealed the result of their tests, the Ghanaian Parliament shouldn’t be an unworthy exception,” Ablakwa noted in a post on Facebook.

Following media reports on Tuesday [May 26] that 2 MPs and 13 parliamentary staff members had tested positive for the virus, and subsequent denial by the parliamentary service and leadership of the house, some Ghanaians have accused Parliament of lying to the public.

The Minority Chief Whip, Mubarak Mohammed Muntaka, has insisted the report was true and lambasted the leadership of Parliament for trying to “conceal the truth.”

Below is the full post by Mr. Ablakwa

As I noted earlier today on the floor of Parliament though with some resistance from the Rt. Hon. Speaker which I take in stride, I am totally disappointed in how the COVID-19 testing of MPs and Staff of the House has been managed.

There should be nothing to hide. Let us lead by example and in a way that avoids entrenching stigmatization which is becoming a major challenge in the national coronavirus response.

Many world leaders and institutions of repute have not concealed the result of their tests, the Ghanaian Parliament shouldn’t be an unworthy exception.

Even more troubling; by refusing to be transparent we shall fail to observe the urgently needed contact tracing and disinfecting protocols thereby endangering the health of those associated with Parliament including all MPs, staff, journalists, family relations, guests of Parliament and our constituents, many of whom we continue to engage very regularly.

COVID-19 is not a death sentence. Let the august House set a better example!

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