Deputy Minister of Information, Pius Enam Hadzide has called on Christians to think of how to protect each other in this difficult time than calling for the lifting of ban on public gathering to enable them go back to church.
He said, “indeed ban on churches can be lifted, but we need markets open to survive the test of time.”
Speaking in an interview on UTV, he said, the President’s decision on how to get the citizens from this mess is not for political gains. It will be unfair for anyone to tag him [President] for taking decision for political goals.
“We (Ghana) cannot follow preventive measures taken by other countries in dealing with precautionary measures on COVID-19 in our country, we must conduct our own research and analysis depending on our level of positivity rate.’
“Let no one confuse you that lockdown is the only means to fight or prevent COVID-19, it is just one of the measures,” he said in support of President Akufo-Addo’s statement to ECOWAS last week on measures to help curtail the spread of the virus.
“I think it’s very, very important that we tailor a specific Ghanaian, African response to the handling of this pandemic, and not necessarily copy blindly the methods that are being adopted by countries to the north of us and elsewhere.”
These were the words of the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Thursday, 23 April 2020, when he joined colleague West African Heads of State for a virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit on the Coronavirus pandemic.
Pius Hadzide added that, “it takes common sense to side with government’s decision on Covid-19 because they are the best ever for the nation at this crucial time.”