Covid-19: Eight more Ghanaian MPs in self-isolation


It has emerged that eight more Ghanaian MPs have been asked to self-isolate in the wake of the deadly Covid-19 disease.

The legislators reportedly returned to Ghana from an official trip abroad.

Speaker of Parliament, Prof Aaron Mike Ocquaye, who made the disclosure on Monday, March 23, could however not name the said MPs.

“They are in self and voluntary isolation under the supervision and advice of our medical doctor and the clerk to Parliament… You don’t go about issuing details of names and all that. We are handling a matter in a very professional manner”, the Speaker said.

Giving additional details on the development, Majority Leader and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu said contrary to claims, the MPs were not being held in mandatory quarantine in a hotel in Accra.

“Those of them we have informed them to stay away and be in voluntary confinement. Fortunately, they all arrived before the broadcast by the president over the weekend so they have not been quarantined in hotels. They are conforming, we are told”, the Suame MP reportedly explained.

Two others in isolation

Last week, two opposition MPs who traveled outside the country recently were ordered to self-isolate for the mandatory 14-day period before returning to work.

They are Binduri legislator, Dr. Robert Baba Kuganab-Lem and Ayawaso East lawmaker, Mahama Nasser Toure. They recently returned to the country from Japan and India respectively.

Some five parliamentary staff have also been asked to self-quarantine after returning from abroad.

Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu announced that the persons concerned are to observe the necessary protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in case they got infected when they travelled outside the country.

Ghana has confirmed 24 cases of Covid-19 with one death recorded.

Many measures have been put in place by authorities to prevent the disease from spreading.

By Jonathan Ofori, Daily Mail GH

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