Following agitations by residents in some border towns for the country’s land borders to be opened, Presidential Advisor on Health, Dr, Anthony Nsiah Asare says government wants to be sure of the containment measures implemented before considering opening borders.
Dr. Nsiah Asare explains that the government cannot open the land entry points until it is satisfied with the number of citizens who are vaccinated against the coronavirus.
In view this, the presidential advisor noted that the COVID-19 Management Team is critically analyzing the data and science available to them before they can advise on the reopening of borders.
Speaking on Accra-based Citi TV, Dr. Nsiah Asare noted that “we are looking at the data, we are looking at the science and everything that is happening.. The President is more concerned about the economic devastation brought by the pandemic.”
“The way to curb this pandemic, apart from the protocols is to ensure that a lot of people are immunized. Once you get a lot of people vaccinated it means the vulnerable people in the country become less and no amount of importation will cause a devastating effect,” said Nsiah Asare.
Commenting on the claims that people have been illegally maneuvering means to enter and leave the country despite the border closure, Mr. Nsiah Asare condemned the act, saying “If people are paying and moving illegally I am not aware of it, but if this is true then it is bad and we should all condemn it.”
Residents of Ketu South in the Volta Region and Elubo in the Western Region have protested to demand the re-opening of land borders. Like in Aflao, the residents of Elubo have complained that the continuous closure of the land borders is negatively affecting their livelihoods.
President Nana Akufo-Addo in March 2020 ordered the closure of the country’s borders as part of efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The land borders have only been allowing the passage of cargo.