Coronavirus: ‘Stop coming to parliament’ – Majority leader begs infected MPs, staff
The Majority leader has cautioned MPs and staff who have tested positive for coronavirus to stay away from parliament.
Osei Kyei Mensa-Bonsu expressed worry that infected officials still come to work in disregard of the protocols adopted by parliament.
“Please don’t come and endanger the lives of people,” the Suame MP pleaded while presenting the business statement Friday.
Parliament had earlier publicly denied reports that two MP and 13 parliamentary staff had been infected.
All MPs and staffers have been tested and their results were to be communicated to them privately.
Parliament refused to reveal identities of the infected politicians and parliamentary staff, fearing stigma and politicisation of the pandemic.
But in parliament Friday, the Majority leader suggested the decision of parliament to keep the identities private is being abused.
He said the leadership and coronavirus testing team is “getting frustrated” about non-compliance of some MPs, journalists and staff of parliament.
Osei Kyei Mensa-Bonsu said parliament “may be forced to reveal the identities of these persons.”
“We want to appeal to honourable members to the staff and to journalists who have been contacted behind the curtain” he said to ‘stay away from parliament’.
Audio: Majority leader Osei Kyei Mensa-Bonsu
The Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu, also stressed the need to keep the identities of infected MPs, staff and journalists private.
“Medical records remain medical records. Confidential,” he said.
The Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Oquaye stressed compliance to his directives to get tested and also cooperate with the covid-19 team in parliament.
“If a person wants to endanger his or her life, you have no right as a human rights issue to extend it to others” he warned.
The only politician publicly known to have been infected with coronavirus is Ghana’s High Commissioner to the UK, Papa Owusu Ankomah.
He spent some days in intensive care last April in the UK and has since recovered.