Further Extension Of Lockdown “Necessary” – …
The Second Vice Chairman for Suame Constituency of New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Richard Akwasi Asante, has described as necessary if the government decides to declare a further extension of lockdown to force Ghanaians to stay home to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus.
“We are not comfortable with the lockdown at all so let’s stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to avoid any further extension of lockdown” Mr Asante disclosed.
A further extension, according to him, has become necessary due to the recalcitrant attitude of some Ghanaians to defy the lockdown restrictions declared by President Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo towards the fight against COVID-19.
Mr Asante who spoke exclusively to Kingdomfmonline.com, said any further extension could have been avoided if Ghanaians have stayed home during the three weeks lockdown period.
“Stay home, wash your hands under running water, use sanitizers frequently since they are the simple formula to help one from contracting the disease or onward transmission”, Mr Asante asserted.
According to him, staying home is very difficult for the vulnerable but in order not to be infected, it is better to stay home with hunger.
According to him, government anticipated the associated hardships, therefore decided to give Ghanaians, irrespective of political or religious affiliations, some relief packages to cushion them especially the poor ones.
The packages, he said, include free water usage for three months, half payment of electricity consumption for both domestic and commercial activities for three months and provision of both cooked and uncooked food for the vulnerable.
“In fact, if you get free water, paying half of your power consumption, getting both cooked and uncooked food, what will motivate you to go out”? Mr Asante wondered.
According to him, when the president declared the one week extension, the confirmed cases were 408 and as of April 17, it has increased to 641, which makes it possible for further extension.
The Vice-Chairman entreated the security agencies to embark on what he calls ‘operation no movement’ to prevent most Ghanaians apart from essential service workers, from leaving their communities to other places.
Mr Asante commended President Akuffo Addo for the pragmatic measures put in place to help prevent further spread of COVID-19 in the country.