The Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly (CCMA) has intensified its programme to ensure the containment of the coronavirus pandemic in the metropolis.
This follows reports about the unconcerned attitude and misconception among some residents towards the spread of the virus.
As a first step, operators of tri-cycles used for transport known as “Prajia” were prevented from operating within the metropolis by a joint team of police and assembly staff.
Most of the operators sometimes picked about six passengers thereby making it a fertile ground for the spread of the virus.
Additionally, riders of motorcycles (okada) were also prevented from carrying any pillion rider
The taskforce also moved to the various lorry parks and market centres within the metropolis to ensure that the social distancing measure was adhered to.
Prior to and after the exercise, some drivers of taxis within the area continued to disregard the appeal for them to reduce the number of passengers they carry.
The Ghanaian Times during a visit to some of the communities observed that, a number of residents had gathered in groups and conversing without observing the social distance protocol.
Speaking with the Ghanaian Times in an interview, the public relations officer of the CCMA, Richmond Yeboah explained that, the assembly would continue with its educational programmes to ensure the messages aimed at stopping the spread of the pandemic was achieved.
He said that, the use of community information systems had been deployed in the various areas to ensure effective public education campaign.
On the congregation of people in Ntsin, Anafo, Brofoyedru and other coastal communities within the metropolis, he said, the Municipal Chief Executive, Ernest Arthur, had been leading the education in those areas.
“We are leaving no stone unturned in this education campaign to ensure that all residents adhere to the various protocols needed to stop the spread of the pandemic” he said.
He said that, there was a misconception regarding the spread of COVID-19 in some residents along the sea that bathing with sea water would make a person immune to the pandemic, saying, “This information is not true and we advise all residents not to fall prey to such misinformation”.
Mr Yeboah however said, that, most residents had received the information and were adhering to the various protocols.
For instance, he said, most shops within the metropolis and in the markets had Veronica buckets placed at the entrance and patrons were required to wash their hands before entering the shops.
From David O. Yarboi-Tetteh, Cape Coast