Personnel of the Ghana Police Service on Saturday morning turned away scores of people who thronged the Ayi Mensah area towards Peduase Lodge to exercise.
Sources revealed to Ghananewsonline.com.gh that the people were asked to return for breaching the social distancing protocol as announced by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo recently as part of measures to check the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The people had apparently been there after the ease of the restrictions on public gathering to exercise to keep healthy and to boost their immune system against the dreadful (COVID-19) pandemic.
“People want to be active and the way the police has been denying people is not the best,” National Coordinator of the Ghana Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance (GhNCDA), Mr. Labram Musah who was disappointed with the action of the police told Ghananewsonline.com.gh. in an interview.
Physical inactivity, he emphasized, is one of the risk factors of contracting various diseases as a result of which the World Health Organization (WHO) is advising people around the globe to do a lot of exercises to mitigate the risk.
Mr. Musah urged the police to advise those who were flouting the social distancing directive to the needful by observing social distancing and the other protocols for the personal good and by extension the larger public.
Ghana recorded its first two cases of COVID-19 on March 12 and since then the country has seen its case count surging.
The government subsequently imposed a lockdown in the Greater Accra, Tema, Kasoa and Greater Kumasi Metropolitan areas.
There was also the ban on social gathering; religious activities, all forms of sporting activities as well as the introduction of wearing of nose/facial masks and social distancing to check the spread of the virus.
Source: Francis Tandoh