The Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors (CBOD), Senyo Hosi is urging the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, to consider locking down the country immediately to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.
The West African nation has reported about 68 cases of the coronavirus with majority of them being imported.
Health experts are warning the situation could escalate.
The development compelled President Akufo-Addo to close the country’s land borders as well as the airspace to international flight on Sunday night.
Despite these actions, Senyo Hosi believed the country could have stopped the ‘importation’ of the virus if the President had closed the borders earlier than he did.
In an opinion piece, the CEO of CBOD, said: “We failed to shut the tap on COVID-19 by not shutting our borders early. The COVID-tap is now running among the citizenry through community spread. Just as in the analogy of the flooding tap, we need to shut the COVID tap now.
“This means just one thing…LOCK GHANA DOWN NOW! Whether in regions considered epicenters or nationwide, Ghana must be locked down now. Every day we fail to act escalates our situation, especially when we know we do not have adequate health infrastructures or resources to deal with the consequences. Will people suffer for it? Yes, but millions more will suffer more permanently if we do not lock down now. It is war! We must clearly define our strategy and choose our casualties. A 100 now or a million later?
“The true character and measure of leaders are not established in happy moments but in challenging moments when difficult decisions are made to steer the larger population to better times. This is time for leadership not electoral syllogism.
“Dear Mr President, please LOCK GHANA DOWN NOW before it locks us OUT! Ghana is its people and not just a geographic location.”