The acting General Secretary of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Mr James Kwabena Bomfeh Jnr, has called for a regular platform for all political groupings towards politics of consultations and consensus on national issues.
Such a regular platform, he said, should be devoid of confrontation, bickering, insults, defamation, fighting and persecutions.
Speaking in an interview with the Daily Graphic after President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had engaged six political parties on ways of dealing with the coronavirus,(COVID-19), Mr Bomfeh said the meeting sent a signal that the pandemic, however, catastrophic, served as an “opportunity to turn years of self-destructive tendencies into a constructive people different from the ‘crab theory’ of black people credited to Booker T. Washington by Marcus Mosiah Garvey.
“There should be more of such encounters regarding our joint efforts to national reconstruction. Ghana must always be ours in the collective not ‘some versus others’,” he stated
Mr Bomfeh said information and communication management among the populace as well as self-discipline in the wake of crisis were key ingredients that Ghanaians must embrace.
“Accuracy, validity, verifiability and authenticity of what is put out must be jealously guarded,” he stressed.
He said the government had so far been up to the task with a very high-level show of concern and interest, citing the provision of treatment/isolation centres, daily update from technically competent health/medical personnel under the auspices of the Information Ministry.
“We applaud the authorisation from the Minister of Health to use already existing drugs: hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin plus Vitamin C for treatment though not approved, but have demonstrated to be effective in many patients in France, USA and Italy,” he said.
Mr Bomfeh said the COVID-19 pandemic had brought to the fore the need for urgent funding of research.
He said the pandemic had also reinforce the need for the acquisition of more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health workers.
“Personal and public hygiene which must be part, compulsorily, of basic school curriculum has become imperative now than ever before. We need to stick to the social distancing, hand-washing, alcohol-based sanitiser use to reduce and/or stop the infection spread since our hospital beds are limited to accommodate large numbers,” he said.