The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye has ordered immediate mass testing of Members of Parliament and parliamentary staff to make sure they are safe from the COVID-19.
Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye believes it is very important to test all MPs and Parliamentary staff.
He made this order today, Tuesday, May 19, 2020, when the House commenced sittings for the second meeting of the session.
During his speech, he called on the usual cooperation of the law-makers to ensure that such an exercise is successful.
Before the house went on recess, ten (10) MPs and five members of staff went into mandatory quarantine after arriving in the country from trips abroad before borders were shut.
“Whiles, there is no scientifically approved vaccine, we should adhere to all laid down hygiene protocols which are requisite for keeping us safe. In addition to observing the established protocols, I have directed on the authority of the parliamentary service board, the clerk of Parliament and the Parliament’s medical officers to liaise with appropriate institutions to immediately conduct testing of all honorable members and staff of the parliamentary service for COVID-19 and I request your co-operation in this enterprise.”