Suspend NIA Registration In Eastern Region – Ghana Medical Association

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The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) is demanding an immediate suspension of the Ghana card registration in the Eastern Region.

The government of Ghana on Sunday, March 15, 2020, as part of efforts to stop the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) announced new public gathering advisories.

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“All public gatherings, including conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, sporting events and religious activities, such as services in churches and mosques, have been suspended for the next four (4) weeks.”

A statement signed by the President of the GMA, Dr. Frank Ankobea noted that, “in the interest of Public Health and Safety, the GMA calls on the National Identification Authority (NIA) to suspend with immediate effect the ongoing mass registration exercise in the Eastern Region. The mass registration exercise also defeats the spirit and letter of the directives (especially on mass gathering) issued by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana as part of the measures to combat the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.”

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PRESS STATEMENT

CONTAINMENT OF COVID-19 OUTBREAK IN GHANA

The Ghana Medical Association (GMA), having continuously monitored the country’s preparations and activities to contain the COVID-19 outbreak in Ghana, hereby states as follows:

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1 That in the interest of public health and safety, the GMA calls on the National Identification Authority (NIA) to suspend with immediate effect the ongoing mass registration exercise in the Eastern Region.

This mass registration exercise also defeats the spirit and letter of the directives (especially on mass gathering) issued by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana as part of the measures to combat the COVID-19 outbreak in the country

It is the considered view of the GMA that this mass registration activity by the NIA, if allowed to continue, could create a fertile ground for potential spread of COVID-19, endangering the lives of the staff of the NIA, the communities involved and the entire nation in the process. This will undoubtedly be fatal for the country.

2 The government is also urged to begin enforcement of self-isolation of all Ghanaian citizens and residents returning into Ghana from countries with high disease burden of COVID-19 in accordance with the self-isolation guidelines as issued by the Ghana Health Service (GHS).

3 The GMA also calls on all Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Corporate Ghana to complement the government’s efforts at combating COVID-19 in the country.

Thank you.

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