GMA to IGP: Prosecute organisers of Sir John’s funeral for flouting COVID-19 protocols

The GMA is unhappy such super spreader event was organised at a time when the country is still racing against time to meet its target of vaccinating about 20 million.

“We call on the law enforcement agencies to investigate and deal with the organisers of this and any similar events to serve as a deterrent to others who intend to endanger the public health of our nation. We call on the Inspector General of Police to act without fear or favour in this regard.”

The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has condemned “the total disregard” for COVID-19 protocols at the funeral of the late CEO of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie, also known as Sir John.

Videos and photos making rounds on social media show most of the mourners were without nose masks and disregarded social distance protocols at the funeral.

The GMA is unhappy such “super spreader” event was organised at a time when the country is still racing against time to meet its target of vaccinating about 20 million citizens by the end of 2021 against the deadly viral disease.

A statement issued and signed by the president and general-secretary of the GMA is calling on the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to probe and prosecute the organisers of the funeral “without fear or favour to serve as a deterrent to others”.

“The GMA condemns such activities that violate our protocols and has the tendency to reverse all gains made in our fight against COVID-19,” the statement said.

It added: “We call on the law enforcement agencies to investigate and deal with the organisers of this and any similar events to serve as a deterrent to others who intend to endanger the public health of our nation. We call on the Inspector General of Police to act without fear or favour in this regard.”

Below is the full statement:

By: Fred Dzakpata | Asaase Radio

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