Nowadays is the 9th working day of the partial lockdown declared by the President. Yesterday, we obtained with concern information of the hospitalization and transfer for intense treatment of British Key Minister Boris Johnson. COVID-19 is proving to be a hugely infectious disorder and no respecter of persons.
This is the motive why we have to cooperate with the directives introduced by the President to restrict our movement as a lot as attainable all through this period, and keep on to abide by the WHO and Ghana Health Support (GHS) protocols aimed at avoiding the distribute of the virus.
On Sunday, we also been given the sad confirmation of the dying of a youthful male at Ashaiman adhering to a capturing incident involving a security officer. When we are not but entirely apprised of the conditions surrounding this unfortunate death, I want to express our deepest displeasure at the taking pictures of an unarmed civilian and connect with for a speedy investigation into the instances surrounding the taking pictures.
We woke up this early morning to official studies that Ghana’s incidence of COVID-19 an infection has risen to 287. This is an alarming condition. While the GHS ascribes the unexpected enhance in figures to increased surveillance and screening, it is a call to arms to redouble our initiatives in battling this sickness.
Very last Saturday, I donated my widow’s mite of 650 PPEs and linked objects for distribution to various well being facilities across the region. In the course of the rage of this pandemic, protecting apparel, disinfectants, sanitizers, laser thermometers and so on. are the most vital merchandise needed by our frontline wellness staff. This will give them the assurance to continue on their work without the need of concern of obtaining contaminated with the virus themselves.
My enthusiasm for this donation was to fill a cease-hole and obtain more than enough time for the federal government-acquired health care products to grow to be out there. Previous Sunday, the President introduced the receipt of some things together with PPEs. It is the hope of all Ghanaians that these items would be dispatched speedily to where by they are needed.
As the President of the Ghana Health care Affiliation stated, they are grateful for the incentives given to overall health workers, but they will need the PPEs urgently to go about their small business of saving lives.
Issue has also been elevated about who are frontline employees. It is identified that health and fitness team work as a workforce. From medical doctors, medical doctor assistants, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory personnel, cleaners, cooks, protection staff and so forth.
It might have been beneficial to take into consideration a package that would protect all health care staff rather than a significant package deal for only ‘frontline health workers’. Government need to take into consideration a offer that positive aspects all health treatment staff who are functioning.
Consultations with professional groups of well being workers on how to administer the incentives can final result in a summary that is suitable to all of them.
Previous week, I created some suggestions about drawing income from the Stabilization Fund to cushion some of the unintended penalties of the partial lockdown. These bundled some momentary reduction from utility tariffs which include h2o and electrical power.
I advised a flexible adjustment in timelines for submission of SSNIT returns owing to the manpower downturn occasioned by the pandemic. I also asked for thing to consider of some tax reduction for tiny companies and tax exemption on important healthcare things and other goods needed for our COVID-19 response energy.
I also advised the scrapping of the 50% boost in the Communications Services Tax (CST) and negotiations with the Telcos for some reduction in data tariffs in trade for a absolutely free six month extension of their licences. This will be welcome reduction for 1000’s of Ghanaians who are owning to work from household.
I urged govt to deliver meals from the National Buffer Stock Enterprise or in other places to ease hunger in the most deprived communities inside of the lockdown locations.
I am grateful to note that some of these tips have been taken on board throughout the President’s past broadcast to the country. When the announcement of relief from drinking water tariffs was been given with appreciation, the absence of water in a lot of pieces of the specified places make the a few month cancellation of tariffs meaningless for some.
The Ghana Water Company Confined (GWCL) must be supported to maximize the supply of drinking water to make this gesture meaningful to all. Our people are also urged not to waste water at this vital time.
Obvious directions ought to be given to GWCL that the Presidential directive of a few months relief from h2o tariffs suggests that no shopper should be billed for the months of April, May and June. This is notwithstanding if they have arrears on their charges or not.
Plainly electrical energy tariffs are the much more burdensome of the two utilities. There is considerably expectation that some subsidy payment from the Stabilization Fund to the ECG and making businesses can present some temporary relief, even so small, to customers in this tricky period of time.
It will also be required to glance at the pricing of LPG, in particular at a time when the value of crude on the international marketplace is at an all-time lower.
The President’s announcement of the distribution of warm meals and dry foods offers to deprived communities is welcome news. The president stated that this will be in collaboration with religion-based mostly organisations. This collaboration is good news simply because if treatment is not taken, in equally the distribution and procurement of the food items, partisan and parochial interests will defeat the reason of the entire gesture.
I think that common rulers and our Assemblymen and women of all ages in the impacted locations have to also be involved in this company.
Our (NDC) representatives on the Finance Committee of Parliament have been urged to thoroughly take part in the anticipated meeting on Thursday with the Ministry of Finance to examine the modalities for the disbursement of the proposed stimulus package deal.
We will table proposals to ensure that this cash is used efficiently and administered in a fashion that is honest and just to all Ghanaian companies that are suffering the adverse results of the financial slowdown occasioned by this dreadful COVID-19 pandemic.
In the meantime, these days is World Well being Working day, celebrating nurses and wellness employees. In the midst of the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, we are reminded by the WHO that with no nurses, and other health and fitness employees, there would be no response.
To all who go on to aid with health care objects, and furnishing lunch packs and fruits to our COVID-19 health and fitness staff and the community, I say thank you and a lot more grease to your elbows.
Let us keep on to #SupportNursesAndMidwives in our overall health amenities and communities.