Akufo-Addo maintains lockdown lifting was backed by data, other factors

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been defending his decision to lift the lockdown in some four cities last Sunday.

He said his government took into consideration many factors, including Ghana’s capacity to conduct effective contact tracing of persons who come into contact with affected persons, among others before arriving at the decision.

The decision has been criticised by the scientific community in Ghana and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) as premature.

The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has said in some quarters that it was not consulted by the President before taking the decision.

But in a meeting with the Executive Committee of the GMA, the President said the country has the capacity to trace persons who have come into contact with affected individuals.

The country’s current capacity “to trace victims of this disease, being able to test, being able to isolate and quarantine those people so that we take them out of the population, and, of course, the treatment” informed the decision, the President said.

“We are also looking at the demography of the disease itself, in terms of the sick, in terms of death. What we will like to do, as decision-makers, is to balance all these factors and to come to a conclusion and a set of solutions that will benefit our people and of course, protect the economy of our country. All of these have been the basket of issues that have led us to take this decision.”

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