Celebrated Broadcast Journalist, Kwami Sefa Kayi has called on government to think about the adverse effects and the impact a lockdown will have on citizens if implemented.
According to the host of Peace FM’s morning show, locking down the country will bring hunger, discomfort and might even cause chaos if government makes that move without taking into account our way of life and living conditions as compared to the developed countries.
He stressed that although it is a commendable idea to call for a total lockdown as measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, people must bear in mind the consequences of it because it’s not easy as portrayed by others.
Pleading for government to think of the masses first, before taking into consideration the domestic implications and how lives would be affected, Kwami Sefa Kayi said some people struggle to make ends meet, while others can’t also afford to stock essential needs as well as foodstuffs in large quantities for consumption in their homes.
“Ideally it will be good but it’s difficult. It’s not that easy. I think that when the country is on total lockdown, there will be hunger, chaos, and discomfort in the system due to lack of food. How will we go about it then?” he quizzed.
“Things are different here in this country, there are people who struggle to get food daily. It’s not everybody who can afford to stock their refrigerators with food, not everyone can buy foodstuff and store in the house. Some don’t even have fridges in their homes. It’s not as easy as people think. It’s not always about us (rich folks), so as we consider a lockdown, let’s have the masses in mind,” he pleaded.
Lately, there have been intense clamouring for the country to be on lockdown, with some individuals and organizations including the Ghana Medical Association and the Trade Union Congress calling for a total lockdown to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
But Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah revealed that government is currently not considering an imminent shutdown although the options are on the table.
According to the Minister, government is considering certain factors and will announce if they decide to lock down the country to reduce the spread of the virus.
“There’s a lot of talk and agitation to go on lockdown because we’re seeing it happen in other places. Jurisdictions have different dynamics when it comes to even food supply or essential living supply. So, the decision to lock down or not is not one that is taken lightly or because we see other places doing it.”
“The experts continue to provide their advice to the decision-makers. His excellency the President sits down at 6 pm every evening with the COVID-19 response team made up of experts from all over. They give him advice subjected to interrogation so he [President Akufo-Addo] doesn’t take those decisions lightly so all options are on the table but at this stage, the advice and the consideration is to go in accordance with the information we have gone with,” he said.
15 cases of COVID-19 have been recorded today making the total confirmed cases in Ghana jumping from 53 to 68. So far, two deaths have been recorded with no recoveries bringing the existing cases to 66.