The Ghana Medical Association, GMA says it may be compelled to advise government to reimpose the COVID- 19 restrictions.
The GMA says the country will be guided by the data and evidence in place and when the situation becomes critical the GMA and the scientific community will not hesitate to make recommendations for another round of restrictions.
Calls for a possible round of restrictions have become necessary following news that a new Indian variant has been detected at Ghana’s point of entry.
The Ghana Health Service, GHS in a release however denied the new Delta Variant has already entered the communities.
General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Justice Yankson indicated “The truth is that we cannot take our eyes off the ball. We have to ensure that our people are safe and to do that all the arsenals at our disposal, i.e. the various forms of restrictions if the data calls for that we will have no option than to reimpose or strengthen some of the measures in place”.
According to Dr. Yankson, if the measures are not put in place and in the process the new variant takes control of the country, things will get out of hand.
“As we speak our only measure is the vaccination. We have done basically only 1 percent of our population. If we get to the point where it becomes necessary that certain measures be put in place, we as a scientific community will call for them and we will back the government to put them in place”.
The GMA said the country is sitting on a time bomb because of our inability to do extensive community study and that is creating the biggest problem for Ghana.
The GMA says there may be other variants in the communities which must be found immediately.