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Regional News of Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Source: GNA

Chief commends government on coronavirus fight

Nana Frimpong Manso Ababio Nana Frimpong Manso Ababio

Nana Frimpong Manso Ababio, Chief of Sefwi- Paboase and Mponuahene for Waiwso Traditional Area, has commended President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for effectively managing the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

According to him, during crises such as COVID-19, a country needed a bold, intelligent and visionary leader to address it and that the President had exhibited to manage the spread of the virus.

He also acknowledged all stakeholders especially health workers who have contributed in one way or another in these trying times.

The Traditional Ruler made the commendation when he handed over Veronica buckets, hand Sanitizers and 1200 pieces of nose masks to the Assembly member and unit committee members to be distributed to residents in the community in order to help stem the spread of COVID-19.

Nana Ababio advised Ghanaians to strictly adhere to the World Health Organization (WHO) protocols which included, the washing of hands with soap under running water, wearing of nose masks, frequently using alcohol based hand sanitizer, observing physical and social distancing and avoiding crowded places to manage the spread of COVID-19.

He also encouraged other traditional authorities to do their best in supporting the government in the fight against the pandemic, since they were in direct contact with the people.

Nana Ababio urged chiefs to ensure that residents in their various communities complied with government directives especially the ban on social gatherings.

He called on the President to ignore calls on him to lift the ban on social gatherings, but rather do proper consultation with experts before any decision was taken.

The Traditional Ruler was of the view that churches and mosques in Ghana cannot observe social distancing during their meetings and it would therefore be dangerous to lift the ban now.

He advised Ghanaians not to put too much pressure on the government as far as lifting of the ban was concerned and was hopeful the government would take the right decisions at the right time.

Mr Simon Okom, Assembly Member for Paboase Electoral Area, who received the items, said he together with the unit committee members had put in place adequate measures to ensure that residents adhered to all the protocols aimed at fighting COVID-19 in the community.

He said with free supply of nose masks by the chief, the wearing of the masks would be made compulsory for residents.