The Ashaiman Municipal Assembly (ASHMA) in partnership with the Ghana Armed Forces and the Ghana Police Service today, Thursday, July 23, 2020 begun strict enforcement of the observation of COVID-19 protocols at public places within the Municipality.
COVID-19 Protocols are preventive measures encouraged by the World Health Organization (WHO) and health experts in line with preventing and curbing the spread of the novel Coronavirus which has killed more than 630,000 people globally.
Speaking to Plan B news at the Ashaiman Traffic Light area, Mr Kwasi Adu Gyamfi noted that ASHMA is compelled to come out with a combine team of its city guards, some personnel of Ghana Armed Forces and the Ghana Police Service to ensure that residents of the area adhere to the observation of the COVID-19 protocols.
According to him, ASHMA had earlier gone round the area especially around the Traffic Light area where there is huge number of traders, drivers and hawkers, to educate them on the need to observe the COVID-19 protocols. He continued that ASHMA again organized another tour where it shared some sanitizers and face masks with the hope that residents will take the observation of the protocols serious.
“We are surprised to notice that a lot of the residents go about their daily activities without observing some of the protocols, especially not wearing face masks. We therefore thought it wise to come out in our numbers and this time with some military and policemen to enforce the observation of the protocols” Mr Adu Gyamfi remarked.
He continued that the stringent enforcement would ensure that residents especially those around the Traffic Light, one of the hugely populated area in the Municipality, wear face masks.
Mr Adu Gyamfi further commented that the special exercise is in line with ASHMA’s effort in curbing the spread of the Coronavirus as well as keeping the people safe and sound.
Commenting further, he explained that it is a common believe that the failure on the part of the residents to adhere to the protocols is the reason for the continued surge in the number of recorded cases of the virus.
“The team will continue to ensure that it move from one area to another to ensure that residents adhere to the protocols. I can assure that the team will from tomorrow arrest persons found to have violated the directive to wear face mask. We will prosecute them to serve as deterrents to others who may want to do same,” Mr Adu Gyamfi said and added that the exercise is aimed at combating the disease while ensuring that the residents are safe from the virus infections.
Residents could be seen exhibiting signs of fear and panic when they saw the combine team arrive in the area especially those who were not wearing face masks. They were made to sweep some portion of the area as their punishment for not observing the COVID-19 protocols. Those who also initially proved stubborn challenging the ASHMA City Guards on why they were been asked to stop for not wearing face masks, quickly recoiled on seeing the military men and were seen immediately getting brooms to sweet portions allocated to them.