The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has expressed serious concern about the increasing spate of non-adherence to the health protocols on the Covid-19 prevention by the Ghanaian public, particularly, among the political class, during “these times of heightened campaign activities ahead of the 2020 general elections.”
According to the ruling party,health walks, floats, outdoor events, mini rallies and the likes have largely been characterised by some breaches of the Covid-19 safety protocols such as those on social distancing and the wearing of face masks.
The party has, therefore, direct its members and sympathisers, including the various regional and constituency campaign teams, to limit campaign activities that involve mass gatherings.
According to the General Secretary of the party, John Boadu, as much as possible, health walks and mini rallies should be discouraged, especially where it is difficult or impossible to enforce the safety protocols.
According to him: “The lives of our countrymen and women can certainly not be jeopardised on the altar of political expediency, and so, observance of the protocols cannot be compromised regardless of the times we are in.”
Mr John Boadu, who said this in a statement released in Accra yesterday, said his directive also falls in line with the caution coming from managers of Ghana’s Covid-19 situation, and, indeed, from the President of the Republic, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in his latest televised address to the nation.
“The President, of course, also urged political leaders and their supporters to set a good example by strictly observing mask wearing and social distancing protocols during the intensified political activities and rallies, ahead of the general elections slated for December 7.
“It is also important for us to recognise that owing to the exemplary leadership of President Akufo-Addo and his government, Ghana has been hailed across the globe as a model for Covid-19 management, and has recently placed third in the world ranking on Covid-19 prevention measures and international cooperation.
“We certainly cannot, at this critical moment, throw caution to the wind and destroy all the laudable gains we have made in the fight against Covid-19, which has made Ghana the envy of the world. Just as majority of Ghanaians are committed to renewing the mandate of President “Akufo-Addo in order to protect the many gains made by this government, it is also our expectation that we shall all strive to work at protecting and consolidating the gains we have made in the Covid-19 fight, by strictly observing the safety protocols.”