MPs’ coronavirus status should not be hidden – Hon. Ablakwa

North Tongu MP Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa is pushing for lawmakers to make their coronavirus status public.

Writing on Facebook, the outspoken legislator said this would help in removing the stigma associated with the disease.  

“There should be nothing to hide. Let us lead by example and in a way that avoids entrenching stigmatization which is becoming a major challenge in the national coronavirus response,” he wrote.

His advocacy follows a media row on the status on some MPs.

While news broke of 15 MPs and Parliamentary staff testing positive for the global pandemic, the public affairs unit of the House rejected same.

A statement from Kate Addo, the Director of Public Affairs said the results, when ready, would be communicated to individuals.

But Minority Chief Whip Mohammed-Mubarak Muntaka says the communication from the House is untrue.

He told Daniel Dadzie on Joy Prime TV’s Morning Prime programme that two MPs and 13 staff of the House have indeed tested positive for the new coronavirus.

Reacting to the media brouhaha, Mr. Ablakwa bemoaned the House’s leadership’s handling of the testing process.

“As I noted earlier today on the floor of Parliament though with some resistance from the…Speaker which I take in stride, I am totally disappointed in how the Covid-19 testing of MPs and Staff of the House has been managed,” he said.

MPs’ result, he stressed should not hidden, adding “by refusing to be transparent we shall fail to observe the urgently needed contact tracing and disinfecting protocols thereby endangering the health of those associated with Parliament including all MPs, staff, journalists, family relations, guests of Parliament and our constituents, many of whom we continue to engage very regularly.”

One Reply to “MPs’ coronavirus status should not be hidden – Hon. Ablakwa”

  1. Why must it be so???
    Are they afraid of stigmatization or what we’re all equal before the law so pls he should redraw his statement…


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