Implement a Lockdown If Necessary - TUC Advises Gov’t  

The Trades Union Congress, TUC, has asked the government to consider implementing “more aggressive measures” to control the continuous spread of the novel coronavirus in the country.

In the opinion of the congress, the government should implement a total lockdown if there’s a need.

A statement signed by its General Secretary, Dr. Yaw Baah, said, “Mr. President, the risk of spread of the virus in Ghana remains high. We need more aggressive measures to protect the people from this deadly virus, including a lockdown if that is what is needed to protect the people.”

At the time of writing, Ghana had already recorded 27 cases with two deaths.

Despite the measures already put in place to fight the spread of the virus,  the statement further appealed to the government to equip frontline health workers with the necessary tools to help fight the disease.

“We would like to thank you for the sterling leadership you have provided since the outbreak of Covid-19 in Ghana. The bold measures you have taken have helped to minimize the spread of the virus. However, despite these bold and decisive measures Ghana has recorded 21 cases of Covid-19. On Saturday, March 21, 2020, the country recorded its first death from the pandemic".

“The additional measures you announced on Saturday, March 21, 2020, including the closure of Ghana’s borders, mobilization of retired health workers and the procurement of additional COVID-19 text kits are appropriate. We wish they had come earlier,” it noted.

Also, the Trades Union Congress urged the government to provide Ghanaians with free sanitizers or subsidize the prices of the product to make them affordable for everyone.

“For instance, hand sanitizers are in short supply. Even if they are available, many Ghanaians cannot afford them because a significant proportion of Ghanaians are living in poverty. Running water for hand washing is scarce in many of our communities. Even our health facilities are complaining of insufficient running water. Our transportation system, especially ‘trotro’ is not designed to allow for social distancing".

“The Pharmaceutical industry and others that produce basic household supplies must be given financial- and fiscal- incentives to increase production. We strongly suggest that the government should provide sanitizers to all residents in Ghana free of charge or they should be subsidized to make them affordable to everyone, regardless of their income levels,” the statement cited.

The Trades Union Congress also advised the President “to draw from lessons from countries such as China, Italy, USA, etc, which have been hard hit by the pandemic and act accordingly.”.

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Should Ghana implement a total lockdown to aid in containing the spread of coronavirus?

Earlier, the Bureau of Public Safety called for the “immediate discriminated lockdown” of Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions for at least 21 days.

The Bureau also called for the lockdown of all Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) and all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs).

It, however, stated that essential services could be exempted from this lockdown.

In a plea to the government, the Bureau also advised the President "to learn from countries such as China, Italy, etc which have been hard hit by the pandemic and timely actions of Rwanda which has fewer cases yet has taken that bold decision to lockdown.”