The Speaker of Parliament Prof Aaron Mike Oquaye has hinted of relocating to Parliament to the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC), which is a more spacious area, in their bid to observe social distancing as part of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Ghana has confirmed 24 cases of the disease with one casualty so far.
In a bid to ensure the casualties are reduced to the barest minimum, the country has put in place some measures including a ban on social gatherings, shut down of schools, churches among others.
Speaking in Parliament on Monday, 23 March 2020, Prof Oquaye while admonishing the lawmakers to adhere strictly to social distancing also hinted that the House will have to relocate to the Conference Centre.
Meanwhile last week, MP for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong appealed to the leadership of the House to suspend parliament.
He said the sitting arrangement in parliament is too close and that puts the lawmakers at a high risk of contracting the virus, that is, if a member unknowingly gets infected.
Mr Agyapong explained that the MPs will use their long break to do parliamentary duties after the infection has been totally eradicated in the country.
Speaking on Accra-based Net 2 television on Wednesday, 18 March 2020, Mr Agyapong said: “I’ll like to appeal to the leadership of Parliament to put parliamentary duties on hold for now. Let us go on break as the country deals with the outbreak and then later use our long vacation to work. By that time the problem may have been dealt with,” he suggested.
He added: “Although there are sanitizers all over the place where we can all wash our hands frequently, we need to discourage that sitting arrangement because we are too close in the house.”
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