A coalition of Ghanaian doctors have warned President Akufo-Addo and EC Chair Mrs. Jean Mensah that Ghana could have 11,000 COVID-19 deaths by October if the current registration exercise continues.
In a letter addressed to the chair of the Electoral Commission, the coalition – made up of doctors, nurses, lab technicians among others and numbering 221 – call for the registration exercise to be paused and reopened only when sufficient safety protocols are put in place and adhered to.
“Pause the mass registration, figure out safer ways of carrying it out and prevent Ghana from suffering potentially thousands of deaths or continue with the exercise in this form and be remembered by posterity as a leader who supervised an exercise that allowed for the loss of multiple lives,” the group said in its letter.
The doctors added: “We are by this letter appealing to your good self to pause this mass registration exercise until your commission comes up with a safer way of going about this registration. That will prevent the almost inevitable rise in COVID-19 cases, with its attendant increases in morbidity and mortality and will position you firmly on the right side of history, as a public official who chose to prevent needless deaths. We would entreat you to treat this correspondence with a lot of thought and measured reflection, thinking rightly about the primacy of life before any other considerations”,
One of the doctors, speaking on Citi Fm this morning to expand on the letter, warned the President that Ghana could have 11,000 COVID related deaths by 1st October if current trends hold based on a study they’ve conducted.