Ghanaian doctors caution against easing ban on social gatherings


Ghanaian medical doctors have urged President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to stay the ban on social gatherings, including schools, religious activities, marriage ceremonies, and funerals, given the increasing spread of the new coronavirus in the country.

In a statement issued late Saturday, the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) said the country’s entry points should also remain shut to prevent any possible importation of the pandemic into the country.

“The non-adherence to the COVID-19 preventive measures at this point in our collective fight against the disease has a huge potential to erode any gains made so far,” the GMA said.

The GMA further urged Ghanaians and residents of Ghana to adhere strictly to all the preventive protocols aimed at curbing the spread and finally eradicating the pandemic from the country.

In his last televised address on April 27, President Akufo-Addo extended the ban on public gatherings for two weeks, and also announced the continued closure of the country’s entry points till the end of May to strengthen the fight against COVID-19.

The West African country has seen an increase in its COVID-19 cases to 4,263, with 22 deaths and 378 recoveries as of Saturday.

The number of confirmed cases in the country has thus increased by 3,221 after the government eased the lockdown of the worst affected communities on April 20. Enditem

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