The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has disclosed that some Members of Parliament have tested positive for COVID-19.
The Speaker instructed everyone to strictly abide by the safety protocols to prevent the spread of the virus, although the identities of infected persons are unknown.
According to him, some lawmakers have tested positive for COVID-19 but their identities have been kept secret for the purpose of confidentiality.
“Even in the House, some members are afflicted by the Covid-19. You may not know who the person is and because of the protocol issues of confidentiality, we are not disclosing those who are now Covid-19 victims. But we have some of us in that category,” he said.
Following a three-day medical examination arranged for lawmakers, Mr Bagbin made the disclosure.
While the medical team is present for the exercise, Mr. Bagbin said more than 60 parliamentarians declined to take part in the test.
“We arranged with the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research to use three days and the three days are over but I am reliably informed that a number of our members have not yet taken the opportunity to either do the screening or to even undergo the Covid-19 test.
“Honorable members, I humbly urge that you all take this opportunity seriously and go test by the end of today,” he appealed.
But addressing the House, Alban Bagbin said he is displeased with the continuous refusal of some MPs to undergo the testing which he says is mandatory.
“My directive that all members subject themselves to the test has not yet been complied with by over 60 Members of Parliament.
“It is true as the Majority Leader has just stated that we are not all safe. And so members should take the protocols seriously. In fact when I was entering, I myself had to signal some members to respect the physical distancing.”
Ghana’s Coronavirus situation seemed to be improving towards the end of 2020 but there’s been a spike in cases since the turn of the year.
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