Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, a member of Parliament’s health committee, says “by now, every member of parliament should have been tested for coronavirus.”
Akandoh made this comment in relation to the calling of the MPs back to parliament.
Speaking to Citi News, the MP for Juaboso said lawmakers also need to take precautional steps because “we are also potential carriers of the virus”.
He also said that because of the number of members of parliament, parliament must comply with social distance guidelines.
“If you say that we cannot gather more than 25 and 275 of us to gather in the same room without guaranteeing social distance, the position of the government will not be taken seriously unless pragmatic steps are taken to ensure social distancing.”
Mr. Akandoh also suggested the parliament should only call them when there is a pressing issue.
“We travel more than anyone in this country. It doesn’t have to be like we are supermen. I think if we are really called to do certain business, I don’t have a problem. But if I sit down as if there is nothing to do at stake, I firmly reject this idea.”
Parliament was disrupted on May 1, 2020 after a series of emergency pandemic meetings.
Since Thursday, April 14, 2020, the number of new coronaviruses in Ghana has increased to 5,530 and the recovery rate has also increased to 674