A research and advocacy institution, the Bureau of Public Safety (BPS) on Saturday appealed to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to consider a holistic 21-day nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
In a statement signed by Etornam Korda, Director, Research and Advocacy of BPS, and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra said: “if the country failed to take immediate bold and radical steps (Lockdown), all the good efforts applied so far will come to naught and eventually the country will be consumed by this ravaging novel virus.”
The BPS calls come after Ghana recorded 408 COVID-19 cases with eight deaths.
The statement further called on the government “to apply more efforts at education and effective monitoring of traced contacts and suspected cases to minimize frequent escapees from isolation centres and enhance medical advice.”
According to the statement, the government should also expand testing sites across the 16 Regions within the shortest possible time.
It, therefore, called on Ghanaians to “join the call for the extension of restricted movement across the country and support government in these trying times.”
The statement called on the citizenry to comply with the directives on the restriction of movements noting that, “our collective discipline remains key in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19).”
It further encouraged men and officers in the law enforcement front to demonstrate tact and professionalism at all times in their enforcement duties.
The statement commended President Akufo-Addo for the various social and business interventions put in place to alleviate the suffering of the masses and shocks of organizations.