Fear and panic have gripped the residents of Koforidua over rumours spread that the town has recorded it first COVID – 19 case. However, the wildfire rumour is basically being fuelled by news reports that government has reopened the Eastern Regional Police Training School at Galloway, a suburb of Koforidua.
The training school was part of all the educational institutions both public and private closed down by the President as a measure to help curb the spread of the disease.
A cross – section of people interviewed in Koforidua on why close to 200 recruits be brought back to training while the President’s orders are still in force revealed mixed reactions.
A 54 year old Pharmacist, Daniel Kwakye said the decision by the police to reopen the training school now is unfortunate and would rather contribute to the spread of the disease. He said, this is a clear manifestation that the government is inconsistent and discriminatory.
A Koforidua based Evangelist Stephen Addai also condemned the move and said the government should as early as possible send the recruits back home or call for immediate reopening of schools and churches so that we all wallow in the disease.
A Police Officer (name withheld) said most police personnel are not comfortable and saddened to be receiving the recruits back to training without any screening or medical reports. “What is it at all that these recruits can’t wait till the ban is lifted? Politics, he added”. He said they are sitting on time bomb because the outbreak of the disease at the depot would be disastrous.
A third – year Political Science Student of the University of Ghana, Clifford Kofi Antwi and a Retired Banker, Mrs Mabel Ganyo said the action by the police may seem bad in the eyes of ordinary Ghanaians, but the government knows best as far as security matters are concerned. They called for calmness as the appropriate authorities look into the matter.
This has intensified the use of face masks, frequent washing of hands under running water, usage of hand sanitizers and the observation of other laid down protocols to curtail the spread. Some people also looked adamant, shunning all the regulations and went about their normal duties.
Koforidua has been blessed for not to have recorded any case ever since Ghana joined the rest of the countries in the world on the coronavirus league table.
In his latest address to the nation, President Akuffo – Addo extended the ban on social gathering, closure of schools and churches till 31st of May this year but the law enforcing agency did the contrary.