The Teshie Mantse, Gbetsoolo Nii Ashitey Akomfra III speaks to Teshiemei in a video message. He has endorsed governments restriction in movements in Teshie and some other parts of Greater Accra. The New measures is to fight the spread of coronavirus in Ghana.
My fellow citizens,
Nii mei ke Naamei
I salute you.
A few months ago we heard the news of a strange contagious disease in faraway China. We were not bothered at all because we know that China is very far away so we could never be affected by the CORONA VIRUS.
After all, EBOLA came and went away without attacking a single person in Ghana. Then news began to filter in that the CORONAVIRUS was spreading across Europe and America a like wild fire. We again said to ourselves: Europe and America are thousands of miles away so we are safe from any attacks. Some of our people playfully joked with the idea that the CORONAVIRUS was a white man's disease that cannot beat the DNA of the African.
Then all of the sudden, H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo the President of the Republic of Ghana appeared on Radio and TV to raise the alarm that CORONAVIRUS otherwise known as COVID-19 had finally landed on the shores of Ghana.
As a precautionary measure, our President said we should close religious activities and minimize social gathering and funerals to a maximum of 25 persons. Some voluntarily complied but most of us disagreed with the presidential edict because we said to ourselves: "this is a white man's disease so what has that got to do with us Black Africans?"
Because most of us ignored the advice of the President, COVID-19 is now knocking at every door in Ghana. According to the Johns Hopkins University Centre for Systems and Science Engineering, the CORONA VIRUS has affected more than 600,000 victims in over 150 countries worldwide and over 27,000 of the victims have died.
So far, Ghana has also recorded 141 Covid-19 victims with 5 deaths. Thankfully, Teshie my beloved Town has not recorded any coronavirus attacks.
I note with sadness and regret that COVID-19 is no respecter of persons and have been knocking at the doors of famous political leaders and important personalities. So far, the pandemic has brought powerful nations like almighty America, China and Italy on their knees. Therefore, in order to avoid the alarming spread of the pandemic, we must now do everything in our power to avoid coming into contact with the strange disease which at the moment has no known cure.
My fellow Teshiemei, current evidence suggests that, COVID-19 virus is transmitted directly when a person comes in close contact with someone who has respiratory symptoms (e.g. coughing or sneezing) or indirectly when people touch affected surfaces such as tables and door knobs.
Thankfully, we can avoid the fate that has befallen the over 27,000 victims of COVID-19 by observing the following the preventive protocols:
Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub e.g. hand sanitizers Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze Keep a distance of about a meter or 3 feet from people who are unwell.
Stay at home and self-isolate from others in the households if you feel unwell.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth, and face with your hands.
My dear compatriots, it is with a heavy heart that I have been compelled to lend my unflinching weight of support to the call of Ghana's President for a partial lockdown of the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area, the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area and contiguous districts for 14 days effective Monday, March 30, 2020.
This means that every resident in the designated areas must remain at home for the next two weeks. However, it is lawful for any resident to go out of the house to get essential items such as food, water, banking transaction or to use toilet facilities.
Fishermen may go on fishing expeditions if they so desire.
I believe strongly that the lockdown announced by the President is in the best interest of Teshie and the rest of the country and therefore urge all persons in the designated areas to abide by the Law and stay at home in order to avoid contracting the deadly CORVID-19 disease.
As the adage goes: the animal that is skillful at hiding from the hunter stays alive longest in the forest. Let us avoid the deadly COVID-19 virus by staying indoors. Ghana needs us. Our friends need us and above all our families and love ones need us most. Let us not disappoint them by venturing outdoors to fall victims to the deadly disease as was the case of the over 27,000 persons who have left behind their defenseless orphans and widows.
I wish to urge all Ghanaians of every religious faith and creed to continue to fast and pray for the countless victims of the deadly CORONAVIRUS for their speedy recovery and ultimate reunion with their distresses families. Please let us also say a word of prayer to all frontline medical staff and paramedics for upholding their Hippocratic oath in the service of the coronavirus victims.
There is power beyond the Stars so We shall overcome.
Tswa omanye aba!