The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has called on government to immediately suspend the ongoing GhanaCard registration organized by the National Identification Authority (NIA) in the Eastern Region.
In a statement released by the Association on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the doctors indicated that the ongoing registration by the NIA is in sharp contrast to President Akufo-Addo’s directive seeking to ban human interactions and body contacts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The statement added that the ongoing mass registration exercise by the NIA if allowed to continue could create fertile grounds for the potential spread of the deadly coronavirus which has so far claimed more than 8,000 lives including three Ghanaians.
“This mass registration exercise also defeats the spirit and latter of the directives (especially on mass gathering) issued by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana, as part of measures to combat the COVID-19 outbreak in the country,” portions of the statement signed by Dr. Frank Ankobea, president of the association noted.
The Association also called on the government to strictly enforce the self-isolation of all Ghanaian Citizens and Residents returning into Ghana from countries with a high disease burden of COVID-19 as issued by the Ghana Health Service.