The surge in COVID-19 cases in Ghana has sparked a heated debate or movement among the general public, especially on social media platforms for the president to declare a lockdown. While some maintain that a lockdown will help prevent the spread of the virus, another school of thought argue that a lockdown will kill more people than the virus since appropriate measures and structures have not been put in place.
The Ghana Medical Association and the Trade Union Congress both agree that such a directive will help contain the spread of the virus and prevent fear and panic. But with the country recording 132 cases, and four deaths so far, the Trade Union Congress is still urging President Akufo-Addo to consider a more aggressive approach to the fight against the coronavirus.
It was even rumored that the government is planning on declaring a lockdown this coming saturday, which led to some degree of panic buying, but the president has finally responded to the issue, and here is all you need to know about the possible lockdown.
President Akufo-Addo says government is not considering a lockdown currently because of the implications it will have on many people. According to him, although the country is recording more coronavirus cases, government is still monitoring the situation and will implement decisions that are in the best interest of all. “Now people are talking about a lockdown in Ghana and this and that but we should know that the majority of people will be affected. The ordinary Ghanaians are the ones that will be most affected and it is important for us who have to take this decision to take into account, their circumstances and conditions. “If you lockdown Accra, what are the consequences? If we lockdown the country, what are the consequences?
A responsible government is required to look at all these before decisions are made and that is the exercise on which we are currently engaged. “I am hopeful that sooner than later, we will come to an agreement within government on the way forward and the Ghanaian people will be informed. But I want to assure you that the matters you have put on the table are matters we are actively deliberating on,” President Akufo-Addo said. Addressing leaders of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) led by General Secretary Dr. Yaw Baah at the Jubilee House, the president said he was optimistic that current measures put in place by government will help curb further spread of the virus. “I have indicated to the country the main objectives of our policies and responses which includes limiting importation”.
We are trying to take control of the spread of the virus by making provision to strengthen our capacity to care for those who are sick, limiting as much as possible the impact on our social and economic lives and then also, trying to find a way to use this crisis as an opportunity to strengthen our nation. “We have seen how dependent we are on foreign import for our medicines and that shouldn’t be the case. But now we are finding the capacity to produce things for ourselves,” he concluded.