The Speaker of Parliament has ordered the immediate fumigation of the precincts of the House.
This forms part of measures to prevent a spread of Coronavirus in the House.
“The fumigation of every inch of Parliament where we operate should be done immediately. Tomorrow we should see progress in that regard.”
“This is rather important. Some have made very serious arrangements and rearrangements and we should continue to consider these…Even in the matter of state of emergency, Parliament must be around to take steps,” the Speaker said.
Speaker advises against handshaking among MPs
The Speaker of Parliament had early on also advised MPs to shun greeting by handshaking and physical contact.
Prof. Oquaye also said the House had placed hand sanitizers at vantage points in a bid to strengthen measures against the pandemic.
“Transmission has been identified particularly through handshaking and using the hands on the face. Sanitizers have been put at vantage points. We [parliamentarians] need to keep sanitizing our hands,” the Speaker said.
Coronavirus cases in Ghana now 7
The Ghana Health Service on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, confirmed one new case of Coronavirus in the country.
The case was reported in the Greater Accra Region bringing to 7, the total number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Ghana.
A tweet from the Ghana Health Service said, “…we have received report from NMIMR that indicated one (1) more confirmed case as positive for COVID-19 in Greater Accra Region.”
The patient is a 35-year-old male and a Ghanaian citizen who returned to Accra from France.
Coronavirus patients in Ghana getting better
The Ghana Health Service however says all patients who have tested positive for the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) are getting better.
Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service in an interview on Eyewitness News on Tuesday said the patients are recovering and will be discharged once they are cleared.
He said none of the patients had deteriorated since they were isolated and started receiving treatment.
“They are all doing very well. They are recovering because they are much better than we saw them. When they are fully off, we will let them go home. All of them are better today than they were when we saw them. We have not seen any of them deteriorating. We review them every day so based on the condition, we will discharge them once we see that they have fully recovered and cleared,” he said.