The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Prof. Aaron Mike Ocquaye, has ordered the Clerk of Parliament to as a matter of urgency, take steps to ensure the installation of temperature scanners at vantage entranceways into Parliament.
The order was issued this morning as part of a quiet pandemonium in the House over the deadly corona virus pandemic which has crowded Ghana and marooned the country as every single one of her immediate neighbors have confirmed infections.
“We are all at risk,” Speaker Ocquaye warned ominously in the House today after announcing that as part of the precaution, hand sanitizers have been installed at vantage points in the House.
The Speaker warned MPs to desist from handshakes and take other precautionary measures to ensure their safety.
“Whatever it is a transmission has been identified particularly with handshaking, it is very, very serious. We don’t want problems for ourselves in this country of ours and Hon. Members are advised that sanitizers have been installed at vantage points in the House. Please take advantage and keep on sanitizing your hands.”
The temperature scanner is supposed to be an additional layer of pro-action against the deadly virus which has infected 126,380 people and killed 635 across the world. In Africa, all of Ghana’s neighbors – Togo to the East, Burkina Faso to the North and Ivory Coast to the West, have all recorded cases.
The scanner suggested by Minority Chief Whip, and MP for Asawase, Muntaka Mubarak. “The temperature recorder, because of the number of visitors we receive in this House, if it could be possible for it to be used at vantage entry to check the temperature of people who are visiting the House.
“Mr. Speaker I believe that this could even be done to members too. I mean, if every morning we come, as we prepare for the Chamber our temperatures are checked so that at least we can avoid the situation where a person could be spreading within the Chamber itself,” Hon. Mubarak said.