Some residents in the Kpone-Katamanso Municipality have commended government for closing down schools and suspending social gatherings as preventive measures against the spread of COVID-19.
According to them, the directives were a step in the right direction as the virus spread could be multiplied during such gatherings adding that most of the schools in the country were over crowded with students and teachers from diverse and uncontrolled environments.
They however admitted that the children might not be totally safe at home but with the supervision of parents, it would go a long way to help reduce the spread of the virus adding that churches could use technology to preach the gospel.
“The suspension is a good initiative because it’s a means of contending the spread of the virus. Most of these private schools have foreign students who might end up bringing more of the virus into the system, “Reynold Lartey Frimpong Adi, an artist, said.
Some residents were however not in support of the shutdown of schools as they expected the teachers to monitor the affairs of the students at school so that they could also work to earn a living, adding that they were finding it difficult to leave the children home to go to work as they could not organize any classes for them.
“It is not good at all, I cannot go to work because I do not know who to leave my children with, I am highly disappointed, “ Rita Nyarko said.
Some traders in the Municipality complained of low patronage of their wares, attributing it to the fear and panic in the country.
“Market is slow, people are not buying things, I thought they will come and buy and store so that they can use in case of emergency, but I think many people are afraid of coming out to buy things”.
Some drivers were not sure whether the suspension of social activities was a good idea or not as it was yet to affect their routine.
“Well, I don’t know if what the President has said concerning the suspension of social gatherings like churches and schools is good or bad because what will happen will happen” Mr Michael Oddoi, “a driver said.
Meanwhile, the residents pleaded with authorities to put adequate measures in place to ensure that final year students who were exempted from the suspension would practice the safest hygiene in order not to contract the virus.