Ahafo Council of Chiefs in the Ahafo Region had agreed to embark on COVID-19 pandemic sensitisation exercise for the people to help prevent the region been infected.
The initiative was brought to bare at Goaso, capital of the region when 13 Paramont Chiefs constituting the council of chiefs met the Regional Security Council(REGSEC), Regional Health Directorate and Muncipal District Chief Executives(MDCEs) to draft some measures to let the people adhere to the social distancing protocol which remains problematic for the people amid COVID-19.
The Paramont Chief of Kenyasi Traditional Council, Nana Osei Kofi Abiri in an interview with the media revealed that, what necessitated their decision to sensitise the people via radio stations and community information centres is that residents are not complying with the social distancing protocol as compare to the rest and this calls for immediate attention.
Nana Osei Kofi Abiri explained, per all the directives issued by the managers of the region to ensure that no case is recorded if advocacy is not intensified what needs to be achieved concerning COVID-19 pandemic will be COS 90(zero).
He mentioned that chiefs will be on radio to explain to the people the importance of observing all the protocols especially social distancing which is not respected by many. After the explanation listeners will have the opportunity to ask questions in relation with the subject on board to enhance their knowledge which is so vital.
According to him, the police have been urged to ensure that residents respect the social distancing protocol directives but to make things easier, Chiefs who are highly respected have roles to play and one is educating the people on radio stations and local information centres.
Nana Osei Kofi Abiri who was Member of the Finance Committee in the era of creating Ahafo Region said, the Traditional Leaders believe that educating the people will let them understand the issue at hand and take informed decision which is to adhere to the safety protocols especially the social distancing.
“Don’t see our directives as punishment but instead embrace them to keep you away from the virus” he said.
He stressed that ever since COVID-19 popped-up in the country, chiefs have been in support with the measures put in place by MPs, MDCEs, and Health Experts. According to him, chiefs do monitor attitudes of the people all the time to correct them whenever they are going astray concerning COVID-19 related issues.
He advised the people to highly adhere to all the protocols and directives issued by REGSEC for their own good before the existence of the deadly virus is real. Nana Osei Kofi Abiri said, it is not easy but all must try to comply to keep the region safe from COVID-19 which has infected almost 5000 persons with a little over 20 deaths showing how dangerous it is to handle.
To him, all must support the government in curbing the pandemic by respecting the measures issued by the Ministry Of Health(MOH) and the Ghana Health Service(GHS).
By Sammy Asare, Ahafo Goaso.