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Pres. Akufo-Addo meets with Ghana Medical Association; justifies decision to lift restrictions

President Akufo-Addo has met with executives of the Ghana Medical Association following the decision to lift the restriction of movement of persons amid increasing cases of COVID-19 in the country.

At the meeting, the President briefed them on the factors that led to the decision and called on the Ghana Medical Association and its members to support government’s efforts aimed at curbing the spread of the pandemic.

“On Monday, 20th April 2020, I met with the Executive Committee of the Ghana Medical Association at Jubilee House, the seat of the nation’s presidency, to brief them of the factors that led to the decision to lift the partial lockdown on Accra, Kasoa, Kumasi and Tema. I also elicited the continuous support of the Association and its members towards the fight to defeat the Coronavirus pandemic in the country,” the President said on his Facebook page.

“As President of this country, I cannot also ignore the impact that this lockdown is having on several constituencies of our country, specifically those who are a very important part of the Ghanaian equation, the people who live, if you like, ‘hand-to-mouth,’ informal workers who need to have a day out in the market one form or the other for their families, who are having a lot of difficulty,” he added.

The Ghana Medical Association pledged their unflinching support to government in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Frank Ankobea, President of the Ghana Medical Association, observed that the association recognizes the difficult situation the country finds itself in but remains loyal and fully committed to the national agenda to trace, test and treat COVID-19 patients as well as to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

“We are so happy that you invited us this morning to discuss the pertinent issues. All we need to do is to pledge our support to a government that we are going to continue with you, we are going to fight till this virus is eliminated from Ghana,” the GMA President, Dr. Frank Ankobea said.

President Akufo-Addo in his 7th update to Ghanaians on measures taken by government against the novel coronavirus announced that restrictions imposed on the movement of persons in the Greater Accra Region, Kasoa and Greater Kumasi have been lifted with effect from today.

This was however met with mixed reactions from Ghanaians. While some agree to the President’s decision in lifting the ban, others believe it’s a wrong move considering the 1,000 plus cases recorded, saying this might create an avenue for the spread of the virus.

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