In the wake of the spread of Coronavirus across the world with Ghana inclusive, the Ghana Police Service appears to be helpless in the protection of it’s personnel as all hopes are banked on God’s protection without Personal Protective Equipment(PPE).
A circular from Ghana’s Inspector General of Police ,James Oppong-Boanuah to the personnel cited by A1 News stated that”to all my Police Officers and others in Ghana who cannot work from home and who by their necessity of saving lives or property cannot apply the recommended social distancing ,but put your lives at risk for our motherland , I salute you!
May the Lord grant us strength and good health to carry on.”
This statement seems not to be going down with some of the personnel who are expressing disappointment in the police leadership indicating that they expected more safety and pragmatic measures to be taken to protect them than words of encouragement.
They say,the situation demands practical measures so government should provide adequate protection measures to keep them safe while discharging their duties. These concerns were made anonymously in reaction to the IGP’s message to them.
The Ghana Police Service is one of the exposed and vulnerable institutions in the country and with the spread of the diseases, Police Officers are more likely to be at risk since they deal with people on daily basis.
However, the laws of Ghana does not permit them to either strike or work from home because they provide essential security services to the citizens.
The Coronavirus(COVID-19) is a viral disease said to be contracted via contacts with infected persons which has killed dozens in the world with many infected while others are recovering. So far Italy is leading the death toll.
Meanwhile, Ghana has recorded 21 cases with some patients allegedly recovering. This has led the President to announce a partial shutdown of the borders in Thebes country.