Coronavirus: Lock down now – Ghana Medical Association to Akufo-Addo

BY STARRFM.COM.GH - Mar 26, 2020 at 8:22am 100

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The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to immediately lock down the nation to prevent any further spread of the deadly coronavirus.

The call by the GMA comes after one more person died of coronavirus in Ghana bringing the total number of recorded deaths from the virus to three.

The deceased is a wife of a Rear Admiral in the Ghana Armed forces. She died at an isolation centre at the 37 military hospital in Accra Wednesday.

The latest death comes as Ghana’s COVID-19 cases jumped to 68 as of Wednesday, March 25, according to the Ghana Health Service.

In a statement, the GMA said being fully conscious of the threat posed by this pandemic and the disturbing trend of community spread and the obvious inadequate of capacity (logistic and human resource) of the nation’s health system to deal with increased numbers of COVID-19 infection especially in the severe to critical cases, the President must declare a Nationwide Lockdown with the exception of essential services with immediate effect.

Below is the full statement by the GMA

The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has observed with grave concern the increasing trend of confirmed cases for COVID- 19 in Ghana and our national response to this pandemic on this day of national prayer and fasting.

We call on all Ghanaians to keep this sacred and intercede for the nation.

The GMA being fully conscious of the threat posed by this pandemic and the disturbing trend of community spread and the obvious inadequate of capacity (logistic and human resource) of the nation’s health system to deal with increased numbers of COVID-19 infection especially in the severe to critical cases call on His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana to declare a Nationwide Lockdown with the exception of essential services with immediate effect.



The Lockdown though not a comfortable decision for leadership and citizens alike is a proven option backed by science and along with the other measures will ultimately be in our best interest.

We call on all Ghanaians to support such a move in the national interest to save our nation from the devastating effects of this pandemic.

Dr Frank Ankobea
President. GMA
Dr Justice Yankson
General Secretary GMA