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Doctors threaten strike weak social gathering protocols

Ghanaian doctors are threatening to go on strike unless the government addresses their concerns about weak social gathering protocols amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in the country.

The number of active cases has risen rapidly since the year began with the country recording various variants of the virus.

The doctors threat comes after the leadership of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) reiterated their call on the government to ban all such gatherings in order to contain the spread of the virus.

In a report published by the CNR, General Secretary of the Association, Dr. Justice Yankson said that if government fails to adhere to their advice and things get out of hand, they will put down their tools.

He stressed that already the health facilities are “on their knees”.

“The issue is very simple, and we can only advise, and we can only advocate. The worst-case scenario is that we put our tools down but that might not be the solution for this pandemic because we don’t control the public purse, we don’t control the executive power. So we keep advising government. Mind you, there are first-line government advisors, and we do our best to interact with them collectively as a group, but the ultimate sanctioning of a particular activity has to come from the president.”

“So inasmuch as that we’ve made the case, the best we can do is to continue to advocate that these social gatherings are banned and if the powers do not really act in that direction, the worst case is that we will also put down our tools because we are also tired”, Dr Yankson told Citi FM.

Meanwhile, the President will on Sunday, January 31, update Ghanaians on measures put in place by the government to fight the pandemic.

Government reimposes ban on social gathering

President Akufo-Addo has reimposed the ban on public gatherings as part of measures to contain the rise in COVID-19 cases in Ghana.

Ghana’s active COVID-19 cases have in the past two weeks surged upwards with the West African country recording new variants of the deadly virus. 

In his 23rd address to the country on Sunday, President Akufo-Addo said all parties, weddings and concerts are effectively banned until further notice.

“Until further notice, funerals, weddings, concerts, theatrical performance and parties are banned. Private burials with not more than 25 people can take place with the enforcement of the social distancing, hygiene and mask-wearing protocols. Beaches, nightclubs, cinemas and pubs continue to be shut. Our borders by land and sea remain closed. All workplaces, public and private must implore a shift system for workers in addition to the use of virtual platforms for business or work.”

“Conferences and workshops can take place with all the appropriate protocols however I encourage the use of virtual platforms for such engagements. Restaurants should provide away services and should as much as possible avoid seated services. The National Sports Authority and the Ghana Football Association should ensure compliance with the 25% capacity rule with spectators respecting the social distancing rule and wearing of the mask,” he said.

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