GNA – A founding member of the New Patriotic Party, Mr Abraham Ossei Aidooh, a Former Majority Leader in Parliament cautions against coronavirus and asked the port authorities throughout the country to tighten security at the entre-points to ward-off threats of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The former Minister who is currently a Member
of the Parliamentary Service Board and the Ghana Gas Board said although they
were putting up measures, the structures were not enough to combat serious emergencies.
In a statement copied to the Ghana News Agency
in Accra on Friday, Mr. Ossei Aidooh, who is also a former
Majority Leader and Minister of Parliamentary
Affairs, described the current state of unpreparedness as akin to the port
beckoning the virus into Ghana.
According to him, there were many foreigners,
including; Chinese, who were entering the country through the Tema Port without
any meaningful screening at a time that China had admitted losing control over
the viral outbreak.
The current state of affairs, he said posed
danger to the lives at the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority.
“I fear for the lives of GHAPOHA workers,” Mr.
Ossei Aidooh, who is credited with pioneering the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in
Government, a couple of weeks ago, announced
that it had put in place measures to ensure that people travelling into the
country were scanned for the deadly corona virus before they were allowed into
As part of the arrangement, temperature scans
were installed at both the Kotoka International Airport and the Tema Port.
However, it is well known that most people entering the country do not go
through the scan procedures.
There have been reports of visiting foreigners
virtually fighting state officials who demand that they go through the scanning
Mr. Ossei Aidooh is asking that more be done.
“We must tighten the measures to keep out the
virus; probably we should think of quarantining every visitor for at least the
incubation period of the virus, now that the virus is on almost every
continent,” Mr. Ossei Aidooh said.
There are reports of the virus emerging in the
United States of America and Iran, where about 15 deaths were recorded. There
is an outbreak in Italy which has recorded over 300 cases with about 11 deaths.
Austria, Croatia, Switzerland and Algeria in
Africa, have been reported to have experienced some cases of coronavirus in
their jurisdictions. Spain is also battling to contain the outbreak of COVID 19
after it identified some of its citizens contracting the virus from Italy.
China has currently declared the outbreak of
COVID-19 out of control and is seeking the help of the World Health
Organisation to declare a state of emergency after losing thousands of its
citizens. It is reported that there are about 80,000 (Eighty thousand) reported
cases with about 2,700 (Two Thousand Seven Hundred) deaths so far globally.