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NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS (NDC) COVID-19 TECHNICAL RESPONSE TEAM MEDIA STATEMENT

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 The Covid-19 Technical Response Team of the NDC concurs with the
statements and conclusions made by the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) in their press release
dated 9th May 2020.
The NDC Covid-19 Team offered two sets of detailed technical recommendations to Government
presented on 1st and 18
th April 2020 respectively. Those recommendations, highlighted the
urgent need for a robust public health crises management plan to address the likely community
spread and inadequacies of public health education being deployed at the time, to avoid the
incremental spread we now face today.
Indeed those recommendations were offered per the terms of reference of the Team set up by
the Party’s Flagbearer H.E John Dramani Mahama, to make available non-partisan scientificallybased recommendations to government, in response to H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s
call for an all-hands-on-deck approach in fighting Covid-19 in Ghana.
In re-echoing the points raised by the Ghana Medical Association, it is the view of the Technical
Team that,
1. The prevalence and speed of the spread of Covid-19 in Ghana remains a clear and present
danger.
2. The major shortfalls in broad strategic public health education remain apparent. This is
more so in regional communities and even in current known hotspots in urban
communities across the country. A well executed plan ought to have translated into
better results rather than the ongoing lack of change in behaviour and attendant higher
numbers of cases occurring in increasingly shorter periods of time.
3. The Team again recommends the urgent need to incorporate mass testing into a holistic
strategy to have a full and accurate picture of the number of cases in country. As such,
the Team is hopeful of good news from the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) in it’s review
of rapid test kits produced at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
(KNUST) to allow large scale community screening to be feasible and efficient .
4. For the foreseeable future, the NDC Technical Team strongly urges Government to
maintain and more rigorously enforce all certified World Health Organization(WHO)
protocols geared towards reducing the spread of infections.
5. Any attempt to lift restrictions on all forms of public gatherings, in our view, is extremely
premature and risky at this stage of the virus’ evolution in Ghana. In addition our borders
should also remain closed at this time.
6. The NDC Technical Team has highlighted in all its recommendations to Government the
desperate need to secure strategic supplies of Covid-19- related equipment and PPEs for
equitable distribution at a national level. Indeed, the Flagbearer of the NDC continues to
make donations to medical facilities around the country, to compliment national public
and private sector efforts to close the obvious gaps that remain to date. It is again our
recommendation, that Government take a strategic view to responding to our country’s
frontline and ancillary health worker heroes in this regard.
The NDC Technical Response Team continues to remain available to offer sound non-partisan
advice to government and all Ghanaians in support of this collective fight to defeat Covid-19
in our beloved country.
Signed for and on behalf of the NDC Covid-19 Technical Team
Chairman – Hon. Prosper Bani
Hon. Alexander Segbefia Dr. Grace Ayensu-Danquah
Dr. Prosper Akanbong Hon. Zanetor Agyeman Rawlings
Prof. Nana Kofi Quakye Dr. Jehu Appiah
Dr. Vida Yabong Prof. Margaret Kweku
Hon. Kwabena Mintah Mr. Jonas Asamoah
Hon. Cassiel Ato Forson
Media Contact for NDC Covid – 19 Technical Team
Mawuena Trebarh
Communications Specialist
0244 303 990

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