- The isolation centres are full while we keep recording more new cases. Remember we have peaked but we’re still peaking.
Written By Romeo Dowokpor - Tell me why God should bless our homeland Ghana. You, tell me. Yes, tell me.
168 nurses and midwives across the country have tested positive for Covid-19. Some doctors too. In fact, one even died yesterday.
The doctor and nurse to patient ratio is already abysmal
The PPE are finished/short in supply. Even common sanitizers run short in most of our health facilities. Same reusable medical equipment are used on different patients and not resanitised after use on each patient.
For the lack of PPE, a hospital, right here in the capital, denied admission of a woman in labour because she was suspected of showing symptoms of the virus. She was turned away. She died in labour. The baby, too, died.
The isolation centres are full while we keep recording more new cases. Remember we have peaked but we’re still peaking.
The restrictions have been laxed based on credible science and data.
We’re going ahead with the NIA registration exercise and distributing cards to those already registered.
We’ll soon embark upon a nationwide voter registration exercise to compile a new voters’ register to vote in an election which is just five months away.
These two major exercises will involve millions of people queuing across the country to get registered. But this will not spread the virus. It will drive it away into the Korle lagoon.
Many others will leave Accra and other urban centres to their villages and hometowns to register. They’ll mingle and interact with their extended family members,siblings ,parents, grannies, etc. Truth is ,this, too, won’t spread the virus. Such movements will rather quicken the healing of those already infected with COVID-19.
We’re doing these two national exercises (NIA, EC) because they’re the most important things this country needs at this critical and crucial moment when COVID-19 keeps spreading like wildfire. We are yet to do mass testing but we’re more interested in doing mass registration.
We are also directing about 500,000 innocent young men and women, teenagers, our future, to go back to school to sit for the BECE and WASSCE. Are we doing compulsory testing for all these young ones and their teachers from different homes across the country before they go back to their classrooms, dormitories and exam halls or we’re interested in risking their lives and future?
Are we really doing all of these based on data and science or political science?
Why are we not talking enough about these things? Why are we not asking ourselves honest and probing questions?
Or all these concerns will only receive the needed attention until all ministers and their deputies, all MPs and renowned pastors are infected with the virus and some fatalities registered, before the reality hits us, that, indeed, we’re not in normal times?
Tell me why God should bless our homeland Ghana. You, tell me. Yes, tell me.
The writer, Romeo Adzah Koku Dowokpor, is a communications specialist, social activist, poet, and humorist.