An aspiring GRASAG President at the University of Ghana has joined the deafening calls on the government to undertake a mass testing exercise over the growing cases of coronavirus infection.
In a statement copied UPSANEWSROOM.com Tuesday, Samuel Zumah said the only way the government can stop the spread of the disease and know the actual number of people infested in the country would be to test a majority of Ghanaians.
The call for mass testing of Ghanaians was first made by the Noguchi Institute for Scientific Research and recently by the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research.
Ghana has recorded a total of 52 cases of coronavirus infection, with two deaths since the first two cases were announced last two weeks.
There are currently over 1,000 people in mandatory quarantine since last Sunday when President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo directed the closure of Ghana’s borders.
As a leading candidate in the UG GRASAG race, Mr Zumah believes Ghana’s safest bets against the spread of this dangerous disease are mass testing and social distancing.
“At this moment, all we can do on our own is to stay home and take the precautionary measures seriously,” he said.
Mr Zumah is urging Ghanaians, especially students of the University of Ghana to stick to the basic hygiene rules.
“We should wash our hands with soap under running water, always apply sanitizers and of course admonish others to do same,” he said.
The UG GRASAG Presidential candidate has urged calm across the country in what he has described as “crucial times” as the government works to contain the situation.
“It’s my belief that Ghana and the world will come out of this COVID-19 pandemic successfully and victoriously,” he said, adding: “In God, we trust we shall overcome.”