Despite stern warning from President Akufo-Addo, scientist at testing centers and health workers with regards to the need to always keep the nose mask on, a section of the public continue to go about their daily activities without wearing the nose mask.
The Republic Press has observed that generally, nose mask wearing is still low in many public places amid surge in active covid-19 cases.
At the Circle interchange where petty traders usually transact their business, there were only few people wearing the nose mask while the majority walk about without the nose masks.
In some of the bus stations, many passengers were seen seated waiting for the busses to be full for them to embark on their journey without the mask on.
At the Tudu market in Accra, almost all the traders were seen without their nose masks. Only few people in the market were seen in their nose masks with some hanging it around the chin.
When the news team joined a commercial vehicle from the Tema station to American Embassy, it observed that, the ‘troski’ carrying about fifteen (15) passengers had only 8 passengers with their mask on.
The driver of the vehicle, Marcus Lartey told the Republic Press that “at the station we always try our best to ensure that the passengers put their nose mask on but even that some remove it immediately after boarding the car.”
He also added that “there was a time we planned to refuse those without the nose mask entry into our cars but some of the drivers acted in bad faith by picking some of these people.”
He called on the government to deploy the police to the various bus stations to ensure strict adherence to the safety protocols.
President Akufo-Addo in his latest measures taken against spread of coronavirus in the country expressed disappointment in how Ghanaians have let their guards down for the country to be plunged into a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
“It is extremely troubling to note that the high compliance rate with mask wearing has fallen alarmingly,” he bemoaned.
“The wearing of masks in public places, fellow Ghanaians, continues to be mandatory. There are no exceptions to this rule, and strict conformity with this protocol will be enforced”.
“Anyone found to be flouting this directive will have him or herself to blame”.
“We cannot afford to allow the recklessness of a few to endanger the lives of the majority of persons in the country.”
However, it appears nothing has changed since the president’s speech.