WE MUST ALL GET ON BOARD AGAINST COVID-19 SCOURGE Featured

Since the global outbreak of the deadly coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) about five months ago, there have been global efforts in controlling its spread and managing loss of human lives. At the last count, over 204,000 people had died from the pandemic, with several hundreds of thousands afflicted by the virus.

From China through Spain, France and Italy to the United Kingdom and the USA, it has left in its trail devastation unheard of in global history. The Middle East, Africa, Russia, Eastern Europe, Ecuador et al stagger under the sheer venom and magnitude of the pandemic.  

This is the painful reality, despite the painstaking efforts to control and fight the virus at all levels. As we are all aware, the devastating effects of the pandemic have also been felt in global economies, with businesses being forced to close down.

As a consequence, economic depression has hit every nation, with the stronger economies themselves tottering in the light pressure from workers to resort to lawful remedies, including filing for joblessness, layoffs, debts, among others.

With billion dollar worth global businesses caught in the web, the only remedy is a judicious recourse to some basic economic activity that balances productivity with scientific caution and care, in killing two birds with one stone.

 

Bracing up

 

According to the experts, including World Health Organization (WHO), Africa may be falling within the epicentre of the next wave of the deadly spread and should therefore be bracing up for the worse.

The argument has to do not only with Africa’s deficits in resources, but also technological capacity to hold out, in the case that fear materialised.  

 

Hope

 

Thankfully, here in Ghana, not only have we been spared the worst in terms of the number of deaths, but there is also scientific data that prove that our government is adequately in control. Indeed, we have managed to put in place robust structures that have the capacity to sustain the fight against the virus, apart from attempting to produce a permanent therapy.

As we are also aware, Ghana tops Africa in our deft management of the pandemic, with tests in numbers far more than anybody could have imagined within only a few weeks. 

Additionally, organisations, civil society, medical and para-medical staff, security agencies, local government officials, among others, are working day and night to support the government’s effort through spraying programmes, donations, voluntary care, monitoring, engineering of space for economic activity and feeding programmes.

That is aside of facilities that have been created to support quarantine and treatment activities.

 

Opportunities

 

So far, the picture, according to our own experts, is not so dire. It is therefore not surprising that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was applauded, last week, for lifting the partial lockdown in some parts of the country to promote some basic economic activities as government further monitors the situation and informs itself accordingly.

Again, as we would admit, our economy is Iargely informal, and that is why a chunk of our population got financially distressed in the programme to enforce the WHO advisory on managing the spread of the virus and saving lives.

It is therefore imperative, at this time, that citizens take advantage of the President’s initiative to abide rigorously by the WHO protocols, in proving that we are ready to both work and fight the COVID 19 foe. We should all be accordingly advised by the caution from the government that if things don’t work, as envisaged with the lifting of the lockdown, it may be left with no option than to impose harsher restrictions. 

 

Sustaining the protocols

 

Keeping our hands regularly washed under running water, applying sanitizers, wearing face masks, among other guidelines – whether it is the workplace or market, streets or homes – in the opinion of the Daily Statesman, is not too much a demand on us if, indeed, we cherish our lives and those of our family and friends.

While joining the general public and global community in applauding the President’s initiative, we also plead with all Ghanaians, particularly our market women, who have consistently shown rudeness to authority during this trying period, in spite of the magnanimity shown them by government, to fall in step with the directives to avoid a return to ruthless measures.

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