As the world continues to sway in the winds of the COVID-19 pandemic the worry factor lies more in the uncertainty that lies therein. As the pandemic continues to portray a topsy-turvy pattern the world is left with little scope for a calculated approach to contain the pandemic. In such a scenario only condition-specific measures can provide some relief that too in inadequate proportion.
To contain the virus spread, steps like imposing restrictions on entry into Ghana by other nationals (except for resident permit holders), closure of the country’s borders to human traffic, fumigation of markets etc. marked Ghana’s preparedness. Ghana’s government adopted the 3T (Training, Testing and Treatment) approach to minimize critical cases and case-fatality rates. Ghana’s response mechanism, particularly its pool testing method has caught the attention of the World Health Organization (WHO). The Acting Country Representative of WHO in Ghana, Dr. Neema Kimambo reiterated that the UN Family would continue to support and collaborate with the Government of Ghana in the phase of the increasing coronavirus infection. These are some of the aspects concerned with the government initiatives.
From the citizens’ perspective while social distancing, wearing mask and resorting to sanitization are basic prerequisites, Ghanaians are expected to be self-conscious by adapting themselves to follow the “New Normal” trend. The vaccination process is gathering momentum and once it penetrates into the country, citizens must not shy away from it with the conviction, “I can do without the vaccine”. Seriousness is the need of the hour. Any temptation and abrupt steps to lead the pre-COVID lifestyle must be strictly avoided. One must realize that gullibility to rumours can not only cause self-distress but can even harm the society. As crimes due to the widespread joblessness can increase, extravagance can fuel evil motives. When it comes to making investments one should not fall prey to financial schemes that lure people by offering very high interest rates, propagated through dubious strategies. One must keep sufficient financial backup to meet emergencies.
Briefly put, one must adhere to awareness and caution at all times.