COVID-19: Ahanta West MP bemoans non-adherence to COVID-19 protocols
Member of Parliament for Ahanta West, Ebenezer Kojo Kum has berated the deviance portrayed by some Ghanaians to protocols laid by government in curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus. The legislator finds it worrying, the apparent disobedience to these protocols which have some constitutional backing as granted in the Imposition of Restriction Act, 2020 (ACT 1020).
Asked by Skyy News’ Abraham Mensah what could be done to correct this behavior of non-adherence to social distancing protocols, given that the risk of negligence or defiance to the protocols could be catastrophic, the law maker said, there’s little that the laws could sanction within the current circumstance.
“It’s one thing having good laws and another observing it. But in this particular situation we find ourselves, the victims of disobedience are the individuals. This is not a case of crime that it will affect one or two persons that you put in prison. This one, the effect is that, it can affect a whole house, department, and to an extent the entire community” he said.
He however entreated his constituents to adhere to preventive measures detailed by the Ghana Health Service, in combating the novel coronavirus.
The legislator stressed that the only way to get rid of the disease is remain religious with the preventive measures, as they is no cure yet.
“This is the only way we can combat this pandemic and I trust that once we adhere to these protocols, we will save ourselves and the good people of Ahanta West from this pandemic.
“I’m pleading to all of us, that the disease has started, it’s spreading very fast and we need to observe all the social protocols, so that we can protect each other from this pandemic”, he emphasized.
Since the outbreak of the disease in Ghana, the Ahanta West legislator had committed personal resources to support communities, security agencies, health providers and any group of persons within his constituency fight the pandemic.
Sanitary items running into thousands, and Personal Protective Equipment have been distributed among these identified groups and individuals. An educational/sensitization program have also been effected on local media platforms and other channels to get the citizenry informed and educated about the COVID-19 pandemic.
In furtherance of this commitment, and in respect of the mandatory face mask wearing protocol, Hon. Kojo Kum has distributed a total of 6,000 pieces of reusable locally made face masks to his constituents. He thus advised the public to develop a habit of wearing these masks anytime they step out of their homes.