The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has urged the government to embark on a mass COVID-19 testing in the Tema West Constituency in the Greater Accra region.
This comes after the MP for the area, Carlos Ahenkorah, who tested positive to the virus refused to self-isolate but went ahead to monitor the Electoral Commission’s voter’s registration exercise in some areas in the constituency.
The MP who was then a deputy Minister for Trades and Industry, in an interview on Accra-based Asempa FM admitted to visiting the EC’s registration centres in his constituency knowing he had tested positive for the virus few days into the exercise, contrary to the Coronavirus protocols.
But Mr Ahenkorah’s main opponent from the NDC, Dr Raphael K. Tuffuor, has said the MP’s attitude has endangered the lives of many in the constituency, stressing that a mass testing can control the situation and prevent possible deaths among the primary contacts of the MP who has since resigned from his position as a deputy minister following the callous act.
“The MP did not show leadership when he tested positive for the Coronavirus. Although we wish him well, we need to break the chain of the infection by the mass testing. We have asked our agents who were at the polling stations he visited to self-isolate as they await their reults,” Dr Tuffuor told Daakyehene Ofosu Agyeman on Power FM.
The mass testing has become necessary after a member of the campaign team of Mr Ahenkorah died recently.
According to the Ghanaian Times, a member of Carlos Ahenkorah’s parliamentary primary campaign team died on Thursday after he was rushed to the LEKMA Hospital at Teshie in Accra for medical attention.
“The deceased (name withheld), a ward coordinator at Lashibi, was among three members of Mr Ahenkorah’s campaign team in the Tema West Constituency alleged to have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease,” the newspaper said.
The paper said an NPP polling station chairman for Tema Community 5, popularly called Bobo was on admission at Caiquo Hospital, a private facility at Tema after he showed symptoms of the virus while another person, Nana Boakye, was in self-isolation and was being treated at home.