The National Democratic Congress in the Savannah Region has called on the government to as a matter of urgency equip the existing health facilities in the region and provide a test and isolation centre to help deal with a possible outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus.
In a statement, Malik Basintale, the Regional Communication Director noted with disappointment, the lack of test and isolation centre in the region.
He said Northern Ghana with its porous borders was at high risk of the virus and should not be neglected when it comes to government intervention.
According to him, the Savannah Region continuo to receive most foreign visitors despite the outbreak of the virus, due to the vast tourist sites such as the Mole National Park, Larabanga Mosque and Mystery stones; all at Damongo and the Slave Market at Salaga, but there is no clear roadmap for quarantining and testing suspected cases.
Read the full statement below:
NDC- Savannah region
18th March 2020.
OUR TOURIST SITES PLACE US MORE THREATENED TO COVID-19 - WE DEMAND A TEST AND ISOLATION CENTER IMMEDIATELY.
The National Democratic Congress - Savannah region expresses its disappointment in the slow pace at which the government under the leadership of President Akufo-Addo has handled the provision of test and isolation centers at regional levels meant to manage the widespread of the coronavirus since the crisis touched base in Ghana.
Upon declaration of the deadly pandemic in Ghana and the establishment of test and isolation centers, we find the northern territories of the country completely neglected even as we stand more vulnerable due to our very porous borders, tourist sites and the constant international visits to them.
The Savannah region being home to some of the most visited tourist sites by foreigners such as the Mole park, the Larabanga Mosque, the mystery stone, the Salaga slave market among others, have recorded international visitors since the past weeks even when the Corona Virus was declared a pandemic and period of manifestation taking up to fourteen (14 days).
This situation leaves us in panic, despair and absolute despondency as we still do not have a clear roadmap towards testing and quarantining any suspected case should any show up in our region.
Upon an attempt to respond to the directive by our flag bearer H.E John Mahama, requesting all former appointees and party faithful to step in and help the government, we realized that no public education on sensitizing settlements even close to these tourist sites have been done, hospitals, clinics, and CHP compounds have still not received the necessary logistics from the government towards protecting the lives of indigenes.
Our border guards, tour guards, health workers, indigenes are desperate in guaranteeing their safety at a clear glimpse of the incurable pandemic as we are being abandoned by the government despite the huge sums made as revenue from these tourist sites over the period.
We solidify the passionate stance of H.E John Dramani Mahama by calling on President Akufo-Addo to as a matter of urgency provide the already built health facilities in the Savannah region with logistics, a test and isolation center to help manage the spread of the virus as we stand exposed to threats.