Bagbin in Dubai for routine medical check up

Alban Bagbin was in UAE last November for a similar medical check up. This time he is expected to return on 23 January

The Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin has left the country for a routine medical check up in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

A statement issued by the Office of the Speaker said: “I am writing to inform you of my absence from Ghana from Friday, 7 January, 2022 till Sunday 23 2022 in order to honour an appointment for a medical review in the United Arab Emirates.”

“It is also important to bring to your attention that the House will resume its sittings for the First Meeting of the Second Session of the Eight Parliament on Tuesday 25 January 2022.”

“Prior to the resumption of the House, Parliament intends to undertake a COVID-19 (booster) vaccination exercise for Hon Members of Parliament and officers of the Parliamentary Service, as part of measures to contain the infection and spread of the coronavirus disease within the parliamentary precincts, particularly in the wake of the spike in infections as well as the new wave of the omicron variant of the disease,” the statement added.

Don’t politicise my health issues

The Speaker of ParliamentAlban Bagbin, has admonished Ghanaians to desist from the practice of politicising his health problems and those of other office-bearers.

A statement issued by the Office of the Speaker said: “The attention of the Office of Speaker Right Honourable Alban S K Bagbin has been drawn the circulation of a communication between Parliament’s Parliamentary Relations and Protocol Office and the Consulate General of Dubai. The said document is in regard to the Right Honourable Speaker’s trip to Dubai for a routine medical check-up.

“Let it be placed on record that the Speaker is accompanied by four officials, to the exclusion of his aide de camp, protocol officer, butler and other relevant staff. The Speaker’s Office will again [sic] like to state that, as part of their conditions of service, Speakers of Ghana’s Parliament are entitled to such routine medical check-ups, just like officials of the executive and judiciary arms [sic] of government.

“The Office will advise that the health issues of the Speaker and that of office-bearers [be] not politicised, as anybody could be taken ill at any time. It is an undeniable fact that the membership of the House is one whole group with a common agenda and destiny,” the statement said.

Fred Dzakpata

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