The Youth Parliament in Bongo of the Upper East Region after embarking on a massive campaign for the adherence of precautionary measures to fight the spread of Coronavirus,has appealed to President Akufo Addo to consider a nationwide screening on the disease.
According to the Youth Parliament that has made some observations after monitoring the borders of the Bongo District which shares boundaries with Burkina Faso to the North, the President needs to put in place stringent measures to tackle the disease before the situation escalates.
They are raising concerns of the nature of the porous borders exposing Ghanaians to the invasion of foreigners who could possibly import the disease.
Speaker of the Bongo Youth Parliament,Edward Asekere in an address to the media after a cleanup and sensitization exercise at the Bongo market said “we observed that the social distancing protocol is not being adhered to especially at the major markets across the district. We, therefore, call on the appropriate authorities in the district to pay attention to this observation seriously.
Mr. Asekere added that “the porous nature of the Namoo Border is also a worrying situation. Some unscrupulous youth have taken advantage of the COVID 19 outbreak to charge exorbitant fares and carry people to and fro across the border on motorbikes. This must be stopped immediately to avoid likely spread of the virus. Bongo Youth Parliament is willing to support the security agencies to cease the motors of such perpetrators. We therefore call on the immigration officersin Bongo District to be vigilant and extend surveillance to all the unapproved routes and also engage some youth groups of good will to support them in the fight since the youth know the people in the border areas.
He also pontificated that “most CHPS compounds lack personal protective equipment (PPEs) and infrared thermometers. We call on the Health Ministry as a matter of urgency to provide PPEs to health workers across the nation. Our health workers need to be protected first to be able to protect you and I whenever we need their services .
The Youth Parliament however raises concerns that the hospitality nature of Ghanaians is a potential factor to spread the disease if Ghana records huge number of cases with regard to the deadly Corona virus and the consequences will be dire compared to the developed nations.
“As a result, Bongo Youth Parliament calls on H. E. the President, Nana Akuffo-Addo to consider a nationwide mass screening and testing. This in our view will help stop further spread of Covid19” They said.