TIPS AGAINST COVID-19 SPREAD By Nana Kwadwo Akwaa

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TIPS AGAINST COVID-19 SPREAD

By Nana Kwadwo Akwaa

Lock Down; Quenching Panics Borne Out of Misunderstanding of Message

Observations from the public reaction with regards to the details of the lock down of some selected areas in Ghana; Greater Kumasi, Greater Accra and Kumasi, as announced by the President of Ghana indicate a clear case of a misinterpretation of the President’s information by the public. In a quest to allay panics and misinformation among the public, below are a summary of some of the highlights to help with a clarification of the details.

But before the list of the summarized details are given, It would be significant for a share of a part of President Nana Addo’s statement which would add some flesh to the points and emphasis;

“This, in essence, means that everyone resident in these areas must stay at home for the next two weeks. However, if you must go out, it must only be to get essential items such as food, medicine, water, undertake banking transactions, or to use public toilet facilities. But, as much as possible, stay at home.”

Below are highlights of the significant details;

A. Market women selling only food ingredients would be allowed to operate in the markets

B. Food sellers would be allowed to sell but one can not buy and eat there, it would rather be buy and take home

C. Water sellers would be allowed to sell

D. Intra city vehicular movement would be allowed but with a reduced number of passengers; Taxi and Trotro should reduce the number of passengers and Motor Riders can not carry a passenger

E. Inter city transportation would be allowed for only cargo transport and not passengers

F. Banks and financial institutions would be allowed to operate

G. Pharmacies and licensed chemicals shops would be allowed to operate

H. Public toilet and bath facilities would be allowed to operate

I. Mobile money vendors and Telecommunication operators would be allowed to operate

J. Petrol, Diesel and Kersone filling stations would be allowed to operate

K. Gas filling stations would be allowed to operate

L. Executives; appointees of government and others as indicated by the respective ministries would be allowed to go for work

M. Legislature; MPs and others as indicated by Parliament House would be allowed to go for work

N. Judiciary; judges and lawyers and others as indicated by the Judiciary would be allowed to go for work

O. Production companies of beverages, pharmaceuticals, paper and plastic packages would be allowed to go for work

P. Distribution companies of beverages, pharmaceuticals, paper and plastic packages would be allowed to go for work

Q. Marketing companies of beverages, pharmaceuticals, paper and plastic packages would be allowed to go for work

R. Staff of Valco, Gridco, Electricity Ghana Company, Water would be allowed to go for work

S. Road and Railway workers would be allowed to go for work

T. Security Service agents assigned duties would be allowed to go for work

U. Mining workers would be allowed to go for work

V. Fisher folks would be allowed to go for work

W. Sanitation and environmental agencies would allowed to operate

X. Media houses would be allowed to operate

Y. Hotels and Guest houses would be allowed to operate

Z. Drinking bars, night clubs and pubs would remain closed

But also, to get yourself outside your home, you need to have a genuine reason or a card indicating you are staff of any of the listed above.

When outside your home, one should ensure adequate social distancing at all places one finds him/herself.

In addition, I will suggest the following below;

A. I will advise manufacturing and production companies in Ghana to be innovative and diversify their lines of production to suit the current needs of Ghana and the world, like Hand Sanitizers, Cream Sanitizers, Spray Sanitizers, Spray disinfectants, Nose masks, Gloves, Ventilators, PPEs and others as others like Kasapreko, General Motors are currently doing, and also use it as a means to employ some of the people at home.

B. I will plead with the President to make it a mandatory requirement for any found outside his home engaging in any form of activity;

I. To frequently wash the entire face properly with soap as we do to the hands so as to help the destruction of any virus on the face

II. To be in gloves with the gloves periodically being sanitized and hands already sanitized before gloves are put on

III. To have a nose mask always on

The above practice should even be extended to places in the country not under lock down

Further more;

A. I will suggest the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) of the respective regions not under lock down to search for all who have moved from Greater Accra, Greater Kumasi and Kasoa into their respective regions between Saturday and Monday, and quarantine all of them to help avoid a transfer of virus to their places

B. Families who have received guests from Greater Accra, Greater Kumasi and Kasoa between Saturday and Monday, should also put all such under mandatory isolation or quarantine, or report all such to the Regional authorities for the best actions to be taken

C. People who have moved from Greater Kumasi, Greater Accra and Kasoa to other regions or districts should try as much to self isolate themselves for 2 weeks

D. The security agencies who find any individuals attempting a cross from Greater Accra, Greater Kumasi and Kasoa into any other region or district not under a lock down should not be sent back, but rather, such individuals should be put under mandatory quarantine and tested for the virus

Let us stay safe

God will surely sail us through this storm as well

Hhhmm, May God be praised always

Nana Kwadwo Akwaa

Member, CTI

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