President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo from a meeting has said the decision to lift the partial lockdown of Accra, Kumasi, Tema, and Kasoa, was taken after careful consideration of several factors.
According to President, the country’s current capacity “to trace victims of this disease, being able to test, being able to isolate and quarantine those people so that we take them out of the population, and, of course, the treatment”, are some of the factors that led to the decision to lift the partial lockdown.
Again, the President added that:
“We are also looking at the demography of the disease itself, in terms of the sick, in terms of death. What we will like to do, as decision-makers, is to balance all these factors and to come to a conclusion and a set of solutions that will benefit our people and of course, protect the economy of our country. All of these have been the basket of issues that have led us to take this decision.”
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Monday, April 20, 2020, when he invited the Executive Committee of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) to a meeting at the Jubilee House to explain the rationale behind the lifting of the lockdown.
Also, the meeting sought to deliberate on how the government and the GMA can continue to work together post the lifting of the lockdown.
Whilst being hopeful of gaining the understanding and co-operation of Association, he expressed his satisfaction with the mode of testing and the results that have emanated from several tests conducted.
“The common consensus has recognized that we have undertaken the most preemptive testing on the continent in relative terms. That has given us a very large pool of information as to how the disease is unfolding in our country. I think our capacity to be able to continue to do that is very critical for our ability to deal with this virus,” President Akufo-Addo added.
Members of the Ghana Medical Association
He noted that had the government not decided to aggressively go out and test infected people and their contacts, the country would not have gathered persons with the virus for treatment, instead, would have had those very same people within the population.
As President of the Republic, he indicated that he knew the impact the lockdown had on several constituencies of the nation.
“I cannot ignore the impact that this lockdown is having on several constituencies of our nation, especially the informal workers, a very important part of our economy, who need to have a day out in the market or otherwise in order to provide for their families, who were having a lot of difficulties.”
To members of the Association, the President expressed the appreciation of the nation for the important role all health workers are playing towards helping government combat the disease.
“You are the very centre of this battle – doctors and the Association of Doctors in our country. You are very, very central to whatever steps we will take to take this country forward. I thought it was important to meet immediately after the decision that we took last night to ease the restrictions of movements in our two greatest cities-Accra and Kumasi, and to get a bit of a flavour of how we are looking to go about this,” he added.
Dr Frank Ankobea - President, Ghana Medical Association
On behalf of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr Frank Ankobea, who is the President of the Association thanked the President for the invitation, adding that:
“All we need to do is to pledge our support to the government that we will continue with you, and we will continue to fight until this virus is eliminated from Ghana.”