COVID-19 test results of MPs won’t be made public – Medical Services Director
The Director of Medical Services in Parliament, Dr Prince Pambo has said the COVID-19 test results of Members of Parliament will not be made public.
On Tuesday, May 19, 2020, the Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye ordered the immediate mass testing of Members of Parliament and the parliamentary staff for COVID-19. The directive among other things formed part of measures instituted by the Parliamentary Service Board to prevent an outbreak of the pandemic with the parameters of Parliament. As a result of that directive, the samples of some 690 persons in Parliament were taken last week.
In an interview with the Director of Medical Services in Parliament, Dr Prince Pambo said the results of the tests will not be made public. He said the results will instead, be made known individually to the persons tested without the involvement of Parliament.
“The exercise was meant not only for members of Parliament but the staff of Parliament as well and other support staffs who have a duty in the parliamentary precinct and the results will be made known to them individually,” he said.
Ghana’s Parliamentarians safety has become a matter of concern amidst the COVID-19 outbreak with proposals for ensuring that the House can hold proceedings without the risk of infection.
Ghana’s case count
As of Monday, May 25, 2020, Ghana has a total COVI-19 case count of 6,808 with 2,070 recoveries and 32 death. This leaves a total of 4,706 active cases.
The Greater Accra Region still leads the chart with 4,836 cases, followed by the Ashanti and Central Regions with 1,062 and 306 cases respectively.