A viral photo of the majority leader of Ghana’s parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, improperly using a personal protective equipment (PPE) has got people talking.
The honourable member for the Suame constituency in the Ashanti region virtually turned an N95 mask into a helmet, wearing the gadget on his head while delivering a speech on the floor of the house.
It is unclear why the leader of The House misused the nose mask, since the improper use of the gadget has come up in previous discussions of parliament.
Following the Speaker’s directive on March 20, that all members wear masks as part of measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, some members including Communication Minister, Ursula Owusu and MP for Pusiga, Laadi Ayamba have on different occassions questioned why other members were not properly wearing their masks.
President of the republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his team of advisors managing Ghana’s coronavirus response have also consistently advised the proper use of PPEs by all Ghanaians during this crises.
Mr Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu’s action has come as a surprise to many who feel it is a drawback to the country’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic and goes against the President’s advice, unless it was meant for purposes of illustration on the floor of parliament.