Coronavirus has really put the whole world in a shock as economic activities are now a standstill with all attention geared towards the fight against the strong enemy.
To be able to combat this stubborn virus, the President of Ghana, HE. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo gave some directives to be followed by the entire nation after two cases were confirmed.
These directives included the closure of all our borders, partially locking down some parts of the country, observing social distancing which ended up in banning social gathering including religious activities.
Also, the President in his 8th update urged everyone to wear face masks to prevent the spread of the disease.
The President also directed transport operators to reduce the number of passengers to create much spaces in the cars as an observation of social distancing.
Taxis were instructed to carry only three passengers, one in front and two at the back, whiles vans that loaded three passengers on a row had to reduce their passengers to two, and four on a row to three.
Market women were also urged to space themselves during their daily market activities, wearing face masks.
Unfortunately, Mr. DCEs, it looks as if most of these directives a not observed in both Afram Plains North and South.
When I visited the districts, I observed that most people care less about the disease and do not observe these directives.
It will interest you to know that, apart from the Metro Mass bus, the rest of the commercial transport operators do not observe the President’s directives on transport.
Drivers load their normal two front four back in a taxi as if there is no disease the nation is fighting.
Wearing of face mask is not strictly practiced, except by few workers at the district assemblies
Sirs, I think this is because a case has not been registered in Afram Plains yet but as we all know that prevention is better than cure, we must not wait till we register cases to observe the directives.
The hard truth is that, when Afram Plains records a case, it is going to be “hell” for the districts because we all know that, both districts lack facilities, equipment and personnel to fight these diseases.
We all know that, both districts which is bigger than Greater Accra has only one hospital and the bad nature of our roads will not even permit our ambulances to serve the masses on time.
The big question is that, is our ambulance services even ready to serve us, as people have started dying out of the negligence of the service?
Hons, please as the commanders in chief in the districts, I humbly suggest that, you task our security services to peacefully enforce the various directives to prevent the importation and spread of the disease in the districts.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTIION.
BY OHENEBA KWABENA YEBOAH
JOURNALIST, SOCIAL COMMUNICATOR & HUMAN RIGHT ADVOCATE