The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has called for the arrest of persons who failed to comply with Covid-19 safety protocols during the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Parliamentary Primaries.
The GMA condemned the lack of observation of the protocols, saying such attitudes as exhibited did not help in the fight against the spread of the disease.
The GMA, in a press statement issued in Accra, on Tuesday, also said the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Identification Authority (NIA) should also be held accountable for the breach in safety guidelines in the ongoing distribution of the Ghana Card.
The breaches, it said, had the potential of increasing the number of Covid-19 infections and called for appropriate sanctions against these persons.
According to the statement, the issues came to light after the GMA’s National Executive Council (NEC) extensively reviewed and deliberated on the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Association also raised other issues, including the inadequacy of essential medication needed to manage the Coronavirus cases.
It also raised concerns about the rise in the number of daily records of new Covid-19 infections in the country.
It mentioned setbacks regarding the shortage of drugs, the low supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and delays in the release of results for samples that were taken for testing for Covid-19.
“The GMA, therefore, demands for an immediate redress to these periodic shortages of the needed drugs for case management,” it said.
It also demanded the institution and enforcement of stringent measures to curtail the increases in cases due to the high community spread.
Ghana as at June 30, 2020, Ghana has recorded a cumulative of 17,741 cases, 112 deaths and 13,268 recoveries.