The Deputy General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) says the two-week lockdown imposed on some parts of the country, is not enough to fully isolate the spread of the coronavirus.
According to Dr. Titus Beyuo, who is also a member of the Infectious Diseases Committee of the GMA, the lockdown is only a stalling tactic to control the spread of Covid-19, hence a call by his outfit for a nationwide lockdown rather than a lockdown of selected areas.
He expressed concerns that the fact that no coronavirus cases were recorded in the exempted areas at the time of the lockdown, did not mean there would be no recorded cases later.
“We never called for a partial lockdown. We wanted a nationwide lockdown because that is what we need if we want to fight this virus.
“At the beginning of the lockdown, only the Greater Accra Region and the Ashanti Region had recorded cases of the coronavirus. But now the Northern region, Upper East, Upper West and Eastern Regions have also recorded cases, however, these areas are not under a lockdown,” he said.
Speaking Saturday, on Newsfile on JoyNews, Dr. Beyuo added that it was, however, necessary for more measures to be put in place before a nationwide lockdown is announced.
According to him, checks need to be made before such an action can be taken.
“We need a lot of sound epidemiological data to make that call and I think we are reviewing that data. Some of the information that may inform that call or otherwise, will be the increase in cases and trends of the cases.
“If the cases continue to be in the areas of the lockdown, and they are under control, it won’t be necessary to escalate further.
“I think pretty soon a lot of analysis will be done, and when that data is completed the President will be advised appropriately.