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A total lockdown in Ghana against Coronavirus would hurt the poor badly – Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko


Popular NPP bigwig, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, has put a spin on the growing debate that there should be a total lockdown in Ghana as a preventive measure against Coronavirus.

Putting his thoughts across via Facebook, the highly respected politician said he’s not for or against the call for total lockdown.

However, when done, it may be of good to Ghana as there won’t be any new person bringing the virus into the country.

Nonetheless, he also elaborated on how Ghana is not fit enough to implement a complete lockdown.

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Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko also touched on how the lockdown would affect the poor and low-income earners greatly.

Read his full submission below:

“The debate for and against a temporary lockdown in Ghana is sincere.

But, let’s remember that a lockdown is not necessarily one size fits all; every society can design its own lockdown to fit its peculiar dynamics; except the goal is one: to stop the spread. Those against a lockdown make the point that Ghana is not like Europe.

A lot of people here survive on hand-to-mouth, live in compounds houses, etc. Our markets are mainly not like Walmart or Sainsbury’s.

Online sales are not common. A lockdown would hurt the poor badly.

All very true. But, how else can we protect the masses from a virus that does not discriminate in its deadly wide spread? How do we protect the poor if things get very bad?”



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