Pressure group, Occupy Ghana, has questioned the Government of Ghana for its decision to reopen schools–and has also stated that the coronavirus deaths count is being massaged.
In a press statement headed “Dear Ghana, have we decided to live with the virus?”, the pressure group acknowledged the initial efforts of the government in tackling COVID19.
However, they bemoaned recent decisions and indecisions of government which are likely to erode the initial gain.
The also pointed out that the mantra “Learning to live with the virus”, has caused rampant carelessness with regard to dealing with the virus.
Ambulances don’t come on time, contact tracers are hard to trace and people living without regards to safety measures.
The statement also pointed out purported under-reporting of the death cases, ” The case count is growing steadily by the day – about 200 to 300 new cases per day. At the last count, we had 7652 confirmed active cases even though that number could be higher (the total number of confirmed cases is 11,964.)
There is cause to suspect that the death numbers are being massaged. The reported 54 deaths so far cannot be right. For instance, even though 38 deaths have been reported from the Ashanti Region alone, less than 20 of those deaths are included in the national count.”
In view of these the statement enquired, Following that line of thought, is it a wise decision to reopen schools even if it is just for Forms 2 and 3 SHS, Form 3 JHS and final-year students in our tertiary institutions?”.
It added ” Looking at the behaviour of the general Ghanaian population, how sure are we that the JHS and SHS students are going to wear their masks and social-distance not only in the classrooms but also when they leave the classrooms and in the dormitories? How good is personal hygiene going to be at a time when it is of utmost importance? For instance, are all schools going to be assured of the running water needed for the basic hand-washing protocol?”
Ghanafeed.com will publish the full statement in subsequent posts.