Some parliamentarians have questioned Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin’s threat of publishing the names of lawmakers who tested positive for coronavirus but declined to isolate themselves and pursue the appropriate care.
This comes after the Speaker, in a statement read on his behalf by the first deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei Owusu threatened to publish names of those who tested positive but still come into the Chamber.
Mr. Bagbin indicated that should the MPs fail to “withdraw from the precinct of Parliament” by next week, he will be forced to name them for everyone to know their Covid-19 status.
In response, however, some members of the parliament claim that the Speaker has no right to publish the confidential medical reports of MPs.
Andrew Egyapa Mercer, MP for Sekondi, said Mr. Bagbin will have to make use of other means instead of publishing their names to obtain compliance by the MPs. He said this in an interview on JoyNews’ AM Show.
“I don’t have the result for the second testing that we have done in Parliament because I guess that the protocol with respect to the test that we do in Parliament is that, only those who test positive are contacted and they proceed to take the necessary steps relating to isolating and subsequent treatment if need be,” he said.
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