The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has demanded the enforcement of laid down COVID-19 safety protocols by the government.
Speaking to Citi News, the President of the GMA, Frank Ankobea, said the country ought to have learned from the previous periods during which it let its guard down.
“Any time we lower our guard, it actually costs people their lives,” he stressed.
“I’m sure if we enforce the current protocols and the current regulations that the president said, the job will be half done,” Dr. Ankobea said.
He was speaking after the president’s latest address to the nation on Ghana’s management of the coronavirus.
President Akufo-Addo introduced some restrictions on public gatherings, including banning receptions at weddings and funerals, and limited such ceremonies to a maximum of two hours.
Ghana currently has 4,521 active cases of the virus.
Cases have almost tripled since the beginning of July, when Ghana had 1,573 active cases of the virus.
Overall, it has recorded 102,103 cases of the virus with 823 deaths since March 2020.
The highly transmissible strain of COVID-19 which originated from India, the Delta variant, has also been detected in Ghana.
The country began its vaccination drive and so far, 1,271,393 doses have been administered.
Of the doses administered, 405,971 have received first and second doses of the AstraZanca Vaccine.
Dr. Ankobea also commended the government for its decision to invest $25 million as seed money towards the establishment of a National Vaccine Institute to spearhead the country’s efforts at producing vaccines locally.