BY: Mary Quartey
Speaker of Parliament Rt Hon. S.K Alban Bagbin has disclosed that 12 MPs and auxiliary staff of parliament have tested positive for COVID-19 following the re-testing exercise that was undertaken ahead of the resumption of the house on Tuesday 2 March 2021 after the three-week shutdown.
Delivering an official statement upon the resumption of the house on Tuesday 2 March 2021, he indicated that most of the cases involve auxiliary members of the House with a few being Members of Parliament (MPs). He noted that out of the 550 persons comprising MPs and parliamentary staff who participated in the re-testing exercise,12 tested positive.
“The retesting revealed that out of a total of 550 MPs and staff who retested, only 12 tested positive and are currently in isolation. The majority of them were the auxiliary staff. This represents a positivity rate of 2 percent as compared to the national positivity rate of between 10-12 percent.” He said.
However, the Speaker said that his expectation is that, all MPs and staff who are required to re-test actually do submit themselves. Meanwhile, he hinted that the house will also roll out a vaccination program for COVID-19.
“Following the safe delivery of COVID-19 vaccines in the country, I together in consultation with the leadership of this house will soon a roll-out plan towards the vaccination of honorable members and other staff”, he said.
Alban Bagbin further used the occasion to advise members to continually adhere to the safety guidelines in order to slow the spread of the virus within the precincts of Parliament. He added saying,” let me assure this house and the good people of Ghana that Parliament will not just adhere to the protocols but will also provide proactive measures that will ensure the safety of this house and all others”.