The National Democratic Congress of the Upper West Region in a statement described the attitudes of the New Patriotic Party government in the Region on how it’s handling the coronavirus as reckless.
The press release which was signed by the Regional Communication Director to the party Mr. Puo-ire Prosper and copies to Radford noted that the NDC was completely disgusted on how the NPP Government has been handling the soaring figures of COVID 19 patients in the Region.
Currently, the Upper West Region has about seven cases of the disease, meanwhile 6 of the new cases recorded this week of which 5 of them are imported cases from abroad while one returned from the Western Region.
The NDC admitted that the country needs a united front to win the pandemic that has hit hard on the country, making the president close all schools but statement noted that “The NDC in the Region and indeed Nationwide will continue to lend our unwavering support to efforts geared at kicking COVID 19 out of Ghana, we cannot remain silent in the obvious circumstance of leadership paralysis and policy weaknesses towards fighting the disease in the region”.
According to the statement, the opposition blames the reckless attitude and negligence of the leadership of the Region for the unfortunate escape of the Nigerian under quarantine for testing positive to the virus.
But the statement, however, mentioned that “We are therefore not astonished when information circulating on social media as published by the Upper West NPP Regional Communications Director (Mr. Ali Bukari) had it that, one of the victims, a Nigerian by nationality (named Okafor Simon Chukwuolu)”.
Furthermore “As though this measure of recklessness is not enough, when news broke on the 12th April that they tested positive, the leadership in the region remained adamant to quarantine them. “Our checks as of yesterday evening revealed that the victims were still left on their own to self-isolate”.
Whiles the NDC is seeking clarification on the circumstances leading to the abscondment of the victims and what forms the basis for the decision to allow the victim themselves to observe self-quarantine.
“However, we wish to recommend the following: the Hon Regional Minister and the COVID-19 team in the Region must immediately declare whatever support (cash and kind) that has come in from the government, private organizations and individuals in respect of the COVID-19 fight. Clarity should be given on how and where it has been distributed for use and what gaps remain to be filled; also All MMDCEs in the region must be strictly monitored to ensure that, the GHC 166,280.62 that has been released to each Assembly”, the statement added.
The NDC through the statement further says that “we call on all residents of the Upper West to remain calm and adhere to the protocols to prevent COVID-19 as announced by the World Health Organization and the Ghana Health Service”.