The Member of Parliament for the North Tongu Constituency, Honourable Okudzetu Ablakwa has urged the leadership of parliament to make the COVID-19 results of MPs public.
According to Okudzeto Ablakwa, it is imperative for the house to lead by example by declaring their status.
Stating his disagreement on his Facebook timeline in relation to the way the issue has been handled, he revealed that many world leaders have led the way and Parliament should follow suit.
As I noted earlier today on the floor of Parliament though with some resistance from the Rt. Hon. 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.
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.
Many world leaders and institutions of repute have not concealed the result of their tests, the Ghanaian Parliament shouldn’t be an unworthy exception.
Even more troubling; 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.
COVID-19 is not a death sentence. Let the august House set a better example!