Government to sanction Ghanaians who fail to wear nose masks in public
Government has pledged to sanction any Ghanaian who fail to wear nose masks in public.
According to him, this is a necessary price for the country to pay in order to protect lives in containing the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Addressing the nation today in Accra, the president bemoaned that it was unacceptable for the citizenry to neglect the wearing of nose mask when the fight against the virus is not over.
He said the country was still fighting the deadly respiratory ailment and until the virus is eliminated all the necessary protocols have to be observed to restrain the virus from spreading.
President Akufo-Addo noted that a current survey conducted by the Ghana Health Service in Accra has revealed that most Ghanaians were not wearing nose masks after active cases in some areas dwindled.
He tasked Ghanaians to strictly observe the safety protocols especially the wearing of nose masks and observing the social distancing protocol.
In order to enforce the wearing of nose mask, President Akufo-Addo said the sanction would be carried out without fear or favour, ethnicity or political background.
“We will not allow some careless individuals who do not adhere to the safety protocol put the greater majority at risk, therefore we will sanction them,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo indicated that the wearing of nose masks and social distancing protocol should be characterised in the daily routine of the people in the country and urged Ghanaians to observe the safety etiquette advice.
Earlier, GHS expressed concern about the non-conformance to the COVID-19 safety protocols.
According to the service, the country risks recording high COVID-19 cases due to disregard for the wearing of face masks and other preventive etiquette enrolled by the service, the ministry of health and the government to ensure public safety.
The Director-General of GHS, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye noted that a recent survey conducted by his outfit revealed that only 44.3per cent of the population in the Greater Accra Region wear nose mask and entreated government to intensify the safety measures campaign.
The survey conducted by the Ghana Health Service in Accra noted that 82 per cent of the sampled population possessed face masks and had the intention to use them.
However, out of this number, the survey showed that only 44.3 per cent of them use the face mask correctly.
BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE