A couple of weeks ago the world health organization (W.H.O) declared the corona virus that emanated from China (Wuhan) as a global pandemic.
This declaration was to be a wake up call on all countries to get prepared in the fight against the world’s common enemy.
However, the pandemic took a different twist within the Africa continent upon arrival as a results of adamant leadership approach.
Like any other African country, some major cities in Ghana have been locked down for almost three weeks and still counting.
This lockdown and it’s enforcement remains a subject matter for discussion across the media space and among political parties providing alternative approaches to combat the virus.
Nonetheless, permit me as a grassroot man to respond to one common question I have heard many government officials ask and I hope it will provide a permanent solution to our security officers in the enforcement struggle.
Why can’t you obey simple directives and stay home?
Yes it’s not possible to obey because whiles the privileged in society who fear the coronavirus sees it as simple directive, the poor ordinary masses who fear hunger virus sees it as a punishment.
The question that comes to mind is, who wouldn’t want to stay home, eat and rest?
It has become a battle of the survival of the fittest. The national cake is not evenly distributed.
- This is the time to be extremely proactive in deploying more social interventions such as moving all homeless and physically challenged people in the affected areas into our schools and churches and caring for them since all these institutions have a lesser use for now.
- If the above is done, then there will be no need providing one hot meal a day instead, provide more vulnerable households with the raw materials from the buffer stock through the local government structure and educate them on home management in times of crises.
- As said by Dr Zenator, this is the time to put aside our political differences and be more patriotic in the distribution process since the government resources belongs to every citizen and as such has the equal right to benefit from it espectially in times like this.
- Finally, the fight against corona virus is not the fight against fundamental human right. The security agencies in as much as they are responsible for the enforcement, should be cautioned because Ghana is a developing country hence the enforcement approach cannot be as it is in the advanced countries.
In light of these, corona virus will eventually be a thing of the past and we as a nation will still have our human resources intact and prepared to rebuild the collapsing economy.
God continue to bless our homeland Ghana and make us greater and stronger than ever.