Deputy Minister for Information, Pius Enam Hadzide has on behalf of the President commended the traditional authorities for being instrumental in enforcing compliance with COVID-19 preventive protocols in their respective jurisdictions. According to him, government couldn’t have chalked much of a success in managing the pandemic.
Addressing the Western Region House of Chiefs today, Mr. Hadzide stressed that government is highly expectant of the support of Chiefs and Queenmothers in sustaining the gains whiles it works at eradicating the disease.
“Government appreciates the partnership with traditional authorities in the national development agenda in general, and particularly the support of our revered Chiefs and Queenmothers in the enforcement of the restrictions that were imposed in the combat of COVID-19.
“We recognize for instance that the imposition of the restrictions on mass gatherings such as funerals and festivals was largely successful because of the understanding and active support of our chiefs. Without a doubt, some of the stringent measures deployed by government to fight the pandemic may have inconvenienced some sections of our society but Nananom must be reassured that they were necessary for the interest of public health and were not taken likely,” he stressed.
Mr. Hadzide indicated that the commitment towards sustaining gains in the fight against the pandemic is being reinforced so that life could return to normalcy.
The Chairman of the National Risk Communication and Social Mobilisation Committee of COVID-19, Dr Aboagye Da Costa shared that COVID-19 fatalities are prevalent with persons with comorbid conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. On that background, Dr. Da Costa urged the traditional authorities to take their personal health very seriously, and report any ill condition to the appropriate health facility as soon as possible. He took the opportunity to rehash some preventive etiquettes they [Chiefs and Queens] need to adapt to prevent COVID-19 infections.
Concerns from Chiefs
The House held the view that government could have engaged the traditional authorities along with its public health education, right at the onset of the outbreak. Albeit, they commend government for being responsive in managing the crisis. As a matter of need, in enhancing public education, the House prayed that government resource the Information Service Department in the respective districts, so they could carry out a joint sensitization with the traditional authorities.
Paramount Chief for Wassa Amenfi, Tetrete Akuamoah Sekyim II enquired about government’s interest and investment in research and vaccine production [locally] to support the control of the disease. Learning of some deliberate measure taken in that regard, he entreated the agencies responsible to expedite work so they could save more lives and curtail a second wave of infection.
Nsein Chief’s Gratitude to the President
The Paramount Chief for Nsein Traditional Area, Awulae Agyefi Kwame took the opportunity to show appreciation to the President for honouring his word for the redevelopment of the Nsein Town roads. The chief recounted the president was alerted during his recent visit to the region about the suspension of the project which started in July 2019. Awulae Agyefi Kwame disclosed that work has resumed and prayed it’s completed without any hindrances.