"Leaving Our Homes Without A Face Mask Or Covering On Is An Offence" - President Akufo-Addo Warns
President Akufo-Addo has sent a strong warning to the public to adhere to the protocols given as the country fights the novel coronavirus saying leaving home(s) without face mask or covering on is an offence.
According to the President, since the world is not in its normal times, the wearing of nose mask is now mandatory.
In his 11th address to the nation on measures put in place against the fight against covid-19, President Akufo-Addo said "The Police have been instructed to enforce this directive, which is a subject of an Executive Instrument"
He stressed that the survival of the citizenry in their own hands adding that if the populace remain lax and inattentive, the country will continue to have serious challenges with the virus.
President Akufo-Addo also noted that if the country remain mindful and self-disciplined, the populace will defeat the pandemic and life will return to its normalcy.
"Permit me to pay brief tribute to the memory of an old and valiant colleague in the struggle of the New Patriotic Party and in the work of the Akufo-Addo government , the Mayor of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis, the Chief Executive of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly, Honourable K.K. Sam, Egya Sam to me and many, whose efforts in enforcing social distancing protocols at the Sekondi and Takoradi markets were, recently highly commended by me, and who sadly passed away on Friday as a result of a COVID-related death" he noted.
President Akufo-Addo reminded residents of the Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions, where the great majority of cases have been recorded likewise the Western and Central Regions to continue to adhere to the social distancing and enhance hygiene protocols announced.
He also explained that Government through the Ghana Health Service will continue to monitor on daily basis the spread of the virus and benchmarks the outcomes.
"This will define the mitigation measures that must be pursued to curb the spread of the disease and enable us to reassess the easing of restrictions" he emphasised.
He further hinted that he remains concerned about the stigma associated with the disease.
He added that stories of persons who have recovered from the disease and are being shunned by their own relatives and communities are a source of considerable worry to him adding that such behaviours undermines the country's efforts to fighting the novel virus.
He said "There is nothing shameful about testing positive. We do not have to lose our sense of community because of this pandemic"
Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith