The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is calling for a total lock-down of the country to contain the rapid spread of COVID-19 as a precautionary measure.
The umbrella body of 18-affiliate unions of the country believes only essential workers should be at post.
While lauding government for the steps taken so far to curb the spread of the deadly COVID-`19, it has equally noted that the fears of health authorities in the country has finally materialised.
In a letter addressed to the President at the Seat of Government (Jubilee House) and signed by TUC Secretary-General, Dr. Yaw Baah, it notes that even though Ghanaians have been told to apply good hygienic practices like the washing of hands and applying hand sanitizers, hand sanitizers are in short supply, or are either priced above the ordinary Ghanaian.
The TUC is also worried about the unavailability of running water for people to patronise as part of the protocol directives by the Presidency, to the extent that even health facilities are complaining of its unavailability.
With regards social distancing, the TUC says the commercial transport sector, particularly tro-tro or mini-buses do not allow for social distancing. Coupled with the above, it notes that the country’s health facilities are in no position to deal with a mass outbreak since even the more developed economies of Italy and the USA have been confounded by the rapid spread of the virus.
The country’s intensive care units are only able to hold a few people at a time, and is in no position to attend to large numbers of patients. It has consequently asked that government provides hand sanitizers for the citizenry free of charge.
As of 22 March 2020, a total of 315 suspected cases have been tested for COVID-19 by Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR).
Twenty-four (24) of these have been confirmed at the laboratory as COVID-19. Twenty-three of the confirmed cases are receiving treatment in isolation and one (1) of the cases who had underlying chronic pulmonary condition prior to having COVID-19 has died.