Fifteen Members of Parliament (MPs) and 56 Parliamentary Staff have tested positive for COVlD 19, a mandatory testing exercise undertaken by Parliament has revealed.
The affected MPs and staff have been advised to self-isolate. Parliament is also taking steps to test their households to contain the spread of the virus.
Also, they have been asked to seek immediate treatment to facilitate their recovery.
The Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, who disclosed this on the floor of the House Thursday said the mandatory testing was conducted for 227 MPs and 193 staff who submitted themselves for the exercise.
He urged Members and staff who conducted their tests at private medical facilities to submit the results to the Director of the Parliamentary medical Centre for analysis.
He disclosed that some 48 MPs were still yet to undertake the test despite an earlier request to do so.
He said following this development, the leadership of the House has decided to implement some measures to curb the spread of the virus.
“The House will from next week sit twice in the week. (Tuesdays and Wednesdays), only MPs and Staff who are needed for the business of the House on those days will be allowed in the precincts of Parliament,” he added.
He said the Marshall has been instructed to enforce these directives.
With respect to the orientation and induction workshop for the MPS, the Speaker said only newcomers would perform this ceremony on Friday, February 5, 2021.
Eva Frempon-Ntiamoah, ISD