COVID-19: Sammy Gyamfi, 3 others sue Attorney General, GHS over compulsory vaccination
The National Communications Officer for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi and three others have sued the Attorney General and the Ghana Health Service (GHS) over government’s compulsory COVID-19 vaccination policy.
In a bid to increase vaccination and curb the spread of the virus, more stringent measures have been introduced including a travel ban on countries like Israel. Unvaccinated persons will also be prevented from accessing public spaces like stadia and event centres during the yuletide.
But Mr. Gyamfi et. al, insist government’s directive is illegal.
“That I am advised by Counsel and verily believe same to be true that the respondents do not have any constitutional, legal or reasonable basis whatsoever for the directives issued and dated 9th and 14thDecember 2021, and the public announcement of 15th December 2021 by the President of the Republic of Ghana and being implemented at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).”
The four applicants are therefore seeking the following reliefs;
(i) A declaration that the impugned directives of the Respondents breach or threaten to breach the Applicants’ fundamental human rights as enshrined under Article 21(1)(g) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.
(ii) A declaration that the impugned directives of the Respondents violated Section 2(1) of the Imposition of Restrictions Act, 2020 (ACT 1012) and Sections 21, 22 and 30 of the Public Health Act, 2012 (ACT 851) and therefore illegal.
(iii)A declaration that the impugned directives of the Respondents contravene the guidelines of the Food and Drugs Authority, Ghana on the administration of Emergency Use authorised medical products and same are unreasonable.
(iv) A declaration that the impugned directives of the Respondents contravene the guidelines of the World Health Organization regarding proof of COVID-19 vaccination for international travelers and that same is unreasonable.
(v) A declaration that the impugned directives of the Respondents contravene medical ethics and best practices that govern COVID-19 vaccine administration.”