More than 60 Members of Parliament (MPs) have failed to comply with the Speaker’s directive to undergo a compulsory COVID-19 screening being initiated by the Parliamentary Service Board.
The Speaker of Parliament, Mr Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, who disclosed this in Parliament yesterday, therefore, warned members of the House to subject themselves to the COVID-19 testing, as some members had tested positive.
“My directive for all members to subject themselves to COVID-19 test has not yet been complied with by over 60 Members of Parliament. It is true, as the Majority Leader has stated, that we are all not safe.
“Even in the House some members are afflicted by COVID-19. You may not know who the person is because of the protocols and issues of confidentiality; we are not to disclose those who are now COVID-19 positive but we have some of us in that category,” he stated.
Mr Bagbin, therefore, expressed the hope that members of the House would take advantage of the initiative to get tested, not just for your good but for the good of all members of your family, friends, your colleagues in the House and the general public.
The Speaker revealed these after the Majority Leader, Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, said that cases of COVID-19 in Parliament were rising.
He, therefore, pleaded with colleague MPs to take urgent steps to protect themselves and stop the cases from escalating.
“I think, ultimately, we want to make the place safer for all of us which will inure to the benefit of the nation,” he said. Respect protocols
Responding to the concern, the Speaker expressed worry about the wanton disregard for COVID-19 protocols in the House by some MPs who did not take the physical distancing protocols seriously.
“When I was entering the Chamber today, I personally had to signal some members to respect the physical distancing protocol and I saw them move immediately apart; so, members should take the protocols seriously,” Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said.
He told the House that cases of the disease had resurfaced and were rising fast, saying that “I don’t want to be compelled nex