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Coronavirus: ‘It’s time for action not words’ – John Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama has called for more action from government in the wake of the outbreak of coronavirus in the country.



Former President John Dramani Mahama has called for more action from government in the wake of the outbreak of coronavirus in the country.

The leader and flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress in a Facebook live address on Monday, March 16, 2020, said government must hit the ground running to prevent spread of the virus in the country.

“The virus outbreak is a national issue and we really are all in this together. My party and I will play our role in supporting national efforts to mitigate the threats and to support our people through this crisis. I give my word to the people of Ghana that as the Minority and the voice of the voiceless, we will hold the government to account on these issues while remaining vigilant in ensuring that the public is protected. This is not a time for words. It is time for action.”

The former president further called on the government to release its plan on how to keep the economy afloat following the outbreak.

“What the government did not address is the wide-reaching economic impact of the pandemic. We have seen governments around the world make bold moves to protect the economies and we should expect the government of Ghana to respond rapidly to this challenge. I, therefore, call on the government to publish its plans to protect the economy including the possibility of a statement to Parliament on the expected impact on our economy of the destructions of COVID-19 on global supply chains and international travel.”

Mr. Mahama also called on ECOWAS health and other relevant ministers to hold an urgent teleconference to review the sub-regional actions that are put in place to protect us.

“During the Ebola crisis, I had the experience of working with our partners in the ECOWAS and the UN in addressing the threats. ECOWAS must now common enforceable protocols to deal with the Coronavirus across the sub-regions and related issues. ECOWAS health and other relevant ministers and their advisors must hold a teleconference as a matter of urgency to review sub-regional actions that are put in place to protect us.”

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