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Regional News of Thursday, 23 April 2020

Source: GNA

Easing of lockdown not a license to roam about aimlessly - Rev. Twum


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Reverend Benjamin Ofori Twum, second Minister in Charge of the St. Paul’s Congregation of the Presbyterian Church, Cape Coast has cautioned that the lifting of the lockdown was not a license for people to roam about aimlessly.

He reminded the public that the disease was still around and could escalate if they took things for granted.

He has, therefore, urged Ghanaians to stay at home if they had nothing essential doing in town.

Rev. Twum gave the advice in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) after his church donated assorted items to three institutions in the Cape Coast Metropolis towards the fight against the novel Coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday.

The institutions are the Cape Coast Metropolitan Hospital, the Awim Polyclinic and the Ankaful Maximum Prisons.

The items are boxes of carbolic soaps, gallons of liquid soap and hand sanitizers as well as bundles of tissues worth over GHC5,000.00

Rev. Twum said though the lockdown had been lifted, it still called for the general public to be cautious and ensure that the disease did not spread, adding that nothing should be taken for granted.

“People should not take delight in just roaming about. It would have been best to stay at home until the cases minimize if the country had the resources, but looking at our economic situation, I think the best is what has been done,” he added.

Rev. Twum advised Ghanaians to adhere to the hygienic protocols including social distancing, handwashing with soap under running water, use hand sanitizers among others to prevent the spread of the disease.

He encouraged Ghanaians to continue to pray for God’s intervention for the nation to overcome the challenges in this COVID-19 period.

Madam Grace Yeboah, Nurse Manager at the Cape Coast Metropolitan Hospital expressed gratitude to the Presbyterian Church for the gesture.

She appealed to other benevolent organisations and individuals to come to their aid.

For her part, Madam Evelyn Quansah, Nurse Manager at the Awim Polyclinic, recounted how the lack of understanding about the disease from a section of the public was making work difficult at the facility.

She called for intensified education on the disease to get people to understand and comply with the established physical protocols when they visited the hospital.

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