Can Sea Water Fight Coronavirus as Chorkor People Claim?

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Dwellers of Chorkor, a densely populated fishing community in southern Accra have claimed the sea can cure the coronavirus disease that is why they have been invading the beach for the past two weeks during the lockdown.

It was a surprise for Yours Truly when I paid a visit during my normal strolling on the beach to find hundreds of people, male and female, young and old swimming, while others (mostly the young men) were playing football and others just sitting in the sand.

When I asked some of them if they had not heard about the coronavirus and the order by the president that people should stay at home, most of them replied they know, and that the salt in the sea can kill the coronavirus.

Some were of the opinion that physical exercise like running and playing of football can also boost the immune system, so that is the reason why they come to the beach.

Others said there is no water as their pipes are not flowing with water, so they come to the sea to swim and use little water they find to clean up.

For some people, their reason for coming to the beach was that the weather is hot and they feel bored at home, so they come to the beach to relax and swim.

But the crowd on Easter Sunday was big, with the expectation on Easter Monday to be bigger.

And it was after one colleague journalist has filed a news story with video on Ghanaweb on Sunday that the city authorities and security agents became aware that the people of Chorkor are not obeying the lock down order.

So the security in the area was intensified and people who were at the beach had to be caned to leave that caused others to stay indoors for a while.

On Monday morning most people who tried to reach the beach for jogging were turned away by the police and military personnel who had mounted barriers on the Old Winneba road.

Others who were going on a picnic for the usual Easter Monday holiday were also ordered to return home.

In the afternoon, a Citi FM / Covid-19 branded vehicle was spotted delivering a message that people should stay at home and observe the safety and health protocols.

What actually worry Yours Truly are the heaps of filth at the beach and sand winning which has become a normal illegal occupation for some people.

I want to plead with the Coastal Development Authority (CODA) which has Hon. Jerry Ahmed Shaib as the director to check the disposal of waste at the beach and sand winning.

For most people, it is the beach that they go to relax and get fresh air to be refreshed, but the stench of refuse and human feases make them stay away.

As tourist attractions like hotels are now springing up at the Korle Gonno beach, it would be ideal if the beaches from James Town to Chemuana are kept clean.

Also sports men and women who go for jogging every morning and evening at the beach have to dodge different kinds of obstacles on the sand.

It is the people who make the filth, and the same people can make the beaches clean if the Accra Metropolitan Authority (AMA) and CODA wakes up to work.

Our beaches are becoming worse of day by day, and the sanitation at the beach has become a big problem.

The people need education. The youth must save the future of the nation. A word to the wise is enough, and a stitch in time saves nine.

As founder of the Chorkor Blue Whales Beach Soccer Club, and communications director of the GOC and GBA, I passionately appeal to the folks of Chorkor and surrounding areas to obey the order of president Nana Akufo Addo and abide by the directives of staying home, washing hands with soap regularly and practice social distance, as every Ghanaian life is precious.

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