The Bureau of Public Safety (BPS) has expressed worry over President Akufo-Addo’s decision to lift the partial lockdown of Accra and Kumasi.
According the group, Akufo-Addo has rather prioritized the county’s economy over human health.
This, they describe as an executive gamble.
Speaking on UniversNews, Research and Advocacy Director of the Bureau of Public Safety, Etornam Korda, said that many Ghanaians would now tend to think that the country is now out of the pandemic.
“What is more worrying is the fact that most people think we are done with the pandemic and business can come back to normal. No social distancing is being practiced; you check the commercial vehicles and realize that its loaded to the brim. If we are not careful, we might find ourselves in the situation which we have been avoiding all along. For us, we see it more as an executive gamble than anything tilted in the interest of public health” he said
Etornam Korda also expressed concern over the timeliness of case detection and how old statistics to which the lockdown directive was canceled may affect proper evaluation and control of COVID-19 cases in the country.
“We realized that even with the figures we are churning out, they are cases recorded a week or two weeks ago so there’s an issue with timely reportage. What is the issue on the ground now? We are rather chasing the virus instead of going ahead of the virus and this doesn’t seem to be a good thing to do. Lifting the ban is really worrying. Well, we can only wish everybody well.”
President Akufo-Addo, in Sunday’s address to Ghanaians on the government’s fight against COVID19, lifted the three-week partial lockdown of Accra and Kumasi.
He says that the lifting of the lockdown does not mean the country letting down its guard.
President Akufo-Addo explained that, amongst others, the modest successes chalked at containing the spread of the virus in Accra and Kumasi and the severe impact on the poor and vulnerable has made it necessary to lift the restriction on movement in some parts of the country.
Story by: Phebe Yayra Tibu | universnewsroom.com