Ghana courts to run shift system over coronavirus surge
London, Jan. 30, 2021(AltAfrica)-Courts in West African country of Ghana have been directed to run shift system to ensure continued dispensation of justice while still protecting the lives of members of the judiciary
With the increase in the country’s coronavirus case count, Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah has ordered all heads of department of the judicial service to run a shift system.
It is not immediately clear how many courts would be involved and court sessions per shift
Pregnant women, nursing mothers and staff who suffer from Asthma, HIV, Sickle Cell disease should begin their annual leave from Monday, February 1, 2021.
In a press release sighted by GhanaWeb, it explained that the shift system which will have a limited number of people working at a particular time will ensure the protection of staff from the deadly coronavirus which is fast spreading.
The statement reads, “His Lordship the Chief Justice has directed that Heads of Departments of the Judicial Service to institute the shift system to ensure that staff are protected from the risk of being infected with the virus.”
“All Heads of Departments of the Judicial Service are requested to draw up a schedule to ensure that only skeletal staff remain at post at any particular time,” the statement continued.
Meanwhile, Health Minister designate, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu has reiterated that the coronavirus situation in the country has gotten worse.
Whiles making a contribution on the floor of parliament today, the Dormaa Central MP emphasized government-led efforts and voluntary public efforts that are helping combat the current spread of the virus.
Responding to coronavirus statements and contributions made in the house, he said: “We have come out with a lot of issues on COVID-19, one of my colleagues said the coronavirus situation is worse than before. That is correct.
“Transmissibility is far far far bigger than before. New variants have been announced, have been detected in Ghana and the severity of illness is even becoming quite worrisome,” he submitted.
According to him, with the current spike in coronavirus cases, “government has started addressing the virus in a little bit different manner.” He stressed how increasingly the Ghana Education Service was making deployments to help furnish schools with critical virus prevention supplies.
He also added that monitoring teams were also out there to ensure that schools get needed supplies. He further promised to transmit the issues raised by MPs to the COVID command center situated at the presidency.
As at January 29, a total of 629 new cases brought the caseload to 63,883. Active currently stands at 3,940. Greater Accra Region with 37,117 accounts for over 50% of all cases.