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The Wa West District Police Commander of the Ghana Police Service, ASP Alexander Tana has called on residents of the Wa West District to strictly abide by the COVID 19 preventive measures in order to stay safe and alive.

He indicated that the restrictions announced by the president, Nana Akufo-Addo, will amount to nothing if they are not strictly enforced. It is for that reason he said he and his men are not relaxing on the enforcement of the rules. ASP Alexander Tana disclosed to W93.5FM that,” I and my men are committed to making sure that every single directive given by the president particularly on the wearing of nose mask, ensuring the recommended number for private burial and the adherence by religious bodies to the two hours per service”.

It was observed on last week that the district commander and his task force had guarded the four gates to the entry of the district capital to ensure that residents who wish to gain entry into the Wechiau Central Market were all masked up.

ASP Tana indicated that they were using that particular day to sensitize the citizenry but stressed that those without nose mask will not be lucky the next time if found culpable. He added that such victims would be arrested and arraigned before court for flouting such directives and endangering others around them. “If you want to die, please die alone and don’t involve others by your act of negligence” he told the general public.

The District Commander further noted that the enforcement process was not limited to the district capital (Wechiau) only, but that they were willing to use the little resources at their disposal to move to the hinterlands to ensure that every citizenry within Wa West District was safe. He cautioned his men to use every legitimate means in ensuring the laws are followed.

On his part, the vice chairman of GPRTU for the Wechiau area, Mr. Mahama Haruna welcomed the move by the Police Service and added that no passenger can board a vehicle at the lorry station without a face mask and a bottle of hand sanitizer. He encouraged the police to continue with the enforcement as it is the only tool to saving the lives of the citizenry. He was thankful to the president for putting in place such restrictions.

President Akufo-Addo reintroduced the ban on parties, weddings and funerals in a bid to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus disease, Covid-19, in the country. The President stressed that the restrictions were necessary due to the number of active cases being recorded daily. He added that beaches, nightclubs, cinemas be closed to the public as churches and mosques were urged to strictly implement the COVID-19 protocols.

President Akufo-Addo has hinted that Ghana will take its first COVID-19 vaccines by March 2021.