The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) and the Ghana Medical Association(GMA)have urged political parties to adopt innovative campaigning methods as part of efforts to prevent a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Madam Josephine Nkrumah, Chairperson, NCCE and Dr Frank Ankodea, President, GMA, at a joint press conference, appealed to all political parties to ensure that their activities did not become vectors for the spread of COVID-19.
Madam Nkrumah, who read the statement, noted that the two bodies had observed the wide scale of lackadaisical public posture and a general disregard for the COVID-19 safety protocols.
She said despite stringent measures established to manage the virus including the Executive Instruments for the mandatory wearing of masks, limited numbers at social and public events, rigorous public education, many Ghanaians had reverted to a lifestyle prior to the global pandemic.
“Indeed, many citizens are conducting themselves with a total disregard to the safety protocols. Public transport has almost abandoned the mandatory wearing of masks.
“Gatherings are without appropriate physical distancing including some religious gatherings. Offices, shops, supermarkets, clinics, churches, mosques, no longer maintain the veronica buckets or sanitizers at their entrances,” she said.
She said politicians and political activities were not spared in this observation, declaring that many mini rallies were rife with a reckless abandonment of every reasonable safety protocols.
Both the NCCE and the GMA reminded Ghanaians of countries which were experiencing a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, stating that those including the best which almost eliminated infections in their countries.
Dr Ankobea on his part, remarked that the country was “not out of the woods yet” and therefore, Ghanaians must keep abiding by the COVID-19 protocols.