Partial Lockdown Last Resort, But We’ll Live To Regret If,… – GMA Warns
The Ghana Medical Association GMA has warned of dire consequences if nothing is done to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the country.
Ghana keeps recording over 500 cases continuously as active cases keep skyrocketing.
Currently, the active cases stand at 3,286 as of 20th January 2021 with 679 and 367 deaths.
Speaking in an interview on Peace FM morning show ‘Kokrokoo’, Dr Justice Yankson, General Secretary, GMA) said looking at how the virus is spreading fast, a ‘hard decision’ needs to be taken to stop it.
According to him, “if there is no intervention to break the mode of transmission…unless God intervenes. We need to break the spread and change our lifestyle otherwise we will leave to regret it”.
“It got to a time when the state placed coronavirus backstage and even though there is currently some form of enforcement, it’s on the low side especially in Accra,” he added.
Care Centres Overstretched
Dr Yankson says care centres are currently overstretched and has urged the government to implement an ‘enhanced restriction’ to stop the spread of infection.
Otherwise, people who are critically ill and needs medical attention might not get it and that will lead to more people dying.
“We’ve moved from 200 cases a day to averagely almost 700 a day, …the care centres are overstretched and those critically ill can’t get access. what it means is that very soon people will be dying at home because they can’t get care at the centres…the situation is very alarming and dire…”
He said even though partial lockdown will be helpful, it should be the last resort. For now, the government should ban mass gatherings like funerals and parties.
“We should consider the hard decision now and break the chain of transmission and save all of us…we need strict adherence, the rate of non-adherence to the protocol is worrying.”
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