President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has stated that even though Ghana’s Covid-19 statistics are encouraging, as against what is happening in other countries, “we cannot afford to let our guard down.”
Speaking on Sunday during his 16th update on Ghana’s enhanced response to the coronavirus pandemic, the President said it is important that the country maintains, in a state of constant readiness, the enhanced infrastructure and expertise it has built during the period of the virus to cope with it.
“I have been reliably informed that, in some regions of our country where there are no active cases, some residents are abandoning, altogether, the protocols, such as the wearing of masks, put in place to defeat the virus.
“Indeed, the high compliance rate with masks wearing of persons surveyed by the Ghana Health Service in some selected areas of Accra, to which I referred optimistically in my last address, has, according to a new survey by the same Service, fallen alarmingly,” he lamented.
Describing the situation as unacceptable, the President reminded Ghanaians, especially those who flout the Covid-19 protocols, that enhanced hygiene, mask wearing and social distancing protocols must now be central features of their lives, “and they must continue to remain so for some time to come, until we see to the elimination of the virus from our country.”
The President cautioned that there are severe sanctions awaiting those who might want to endanger the lives of others by being negligent.
“Let me remind those amongst us, who want to continue to disregard these protocols, that severe sanctions exist in our laws for such persons, who will want to endanger the rest of the population through their actions and negligence. The law enforcement agencies will, where necessary, apply these measures without fear or favour, ill-will or malice, and without recourse to a person’s ethnicity, gender or religion,” he said
Source: dailystatesman.com/Nana Yaw Dwamena