The deadly Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) control has placed a huge financial burden on the Sunyani East Municipal Assembly, as people in locked-down areas moved into the Municipality to escape government restrictions.
There is an influx of people into the Municipality following the imposition of partial lockdown in parts of Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to stem the spread of the COVID-19.
The President’s decision has since received a public ovation from particularly, political watchers and civil society actors and government critics, who hailed the lockdown as a prompt and realistic intervention to prevent the spread of the disease in the country.
But, city authorities in the Bono Regional capital said the influx of people into the Municipality had worsened the financial difficulties the Assembly was going through in putting up realistic measures to control the spread of the COVID-19.
That notwithstanding, Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene, the Municipal Chief Executive assured the Assembly’s preparedness to ensure the Municipality was safe for people to live.
She made a passionate appeal to corporate and religious bodies, civil society and non-governmental organisations, and philanthropists to support the Assembly in the fight against the pandemic.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Sunyani, Madam Owusu-Banahene explained the Municipal Security Council (MISEC), mounted four checkpoints on major highways entering the Bono Regional capital to check in-coming vehicles and conduct a mandatory test on passengers.
“We also pick their residential addresses and contact lists so that we can easily trace them. It is a 24-hour exercise and that is putting a financial burden on the Assembly. We don’t have any option because we have to ensure nobody transports the virus into the Municipality”, she explained.
Madam Owusu-Banahene said the Assembly distributed 160 veronica buckets with water, soap, and sanitizers and placed them at vantage points in the Municipality to aid handwashing with soap under running water.
She appealed to the populace in the Municipality to endeavour to comply with the presidential directives in relation to the COVID-19 control, observe social distancing, wash hands with soap to protect themselves.
Madam Owusu-Banahene entreated residents to volunteer information on particularly, strangers found in their neighbourhood and report people who showed symptoms of the COVID-19 such as dry cough and uncontrolled sneezing to health officials.