A non-governmental organization (NGO) on disaster management in Ghana, The Disasters Network of Ghana, (DISNET GH) has charged Government to allow The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), which is appropriately clothed by Act 517 of 1996 to address the enforcement of COVID-19 protocols.
A statement issued and signed by Humanitarian Ambassador, E. D. Mensah indicated that “It is not the duty of the police to enforce COVID-19 protocols or to handle its violations; it is the responsibility of NADMO and the earlier Government places resources at their disposal to move, the better for us all.
“The disease epidemics department of NADMO is responsible for the multi-sectoral coordination of the preparedness, planning, prevention, mitigation, management, enforcement, designing and implementation as well as monitoring of programmes to develop and build national capacity on preventive health and pandemic interventions, among others.
DisNet GH therefore expressed worry because “Government has not activated the National, Regional, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Disaster Management Committees to manage the enforcement of the COVID-19 protocols”.
The statement also suggested that various Disaster Volunteers and Disaster Clubs in Schools can effectively be mobilized by NADMO to play key roles towards ensuring that the President’s directives on COVID -19 are strictly adhered to in the national interest.
The statement continued: “Though the Government has not been candid with the approach to fighting the virus as evidenced in their decisions to discontinue mass testing, contact tracing, refusal to commence work on the promised construction of hospitals, refusal to fund herbal cure, wastage of resources on COVID virtual concert, non-functional COVID tracker app, among others, it is our duty as Citizens to put our hands to the wheel to abide by the protocols, help others to adopt the necessary attitudinal change and assist in contact tracing, among others.
“Most importantly, for the various directives announced by the President and other key state agencies to work, enforcement must start immediately but with a human face and must be handled by the appropriate Government agencies- in this case, enforcement lies solely in the hands of NADMO and the various Disaster Management Committees at all levels nationwide”.
“The Corona virus pandemic is our collective enemy. Like any other pandemic form of disasters, it kills without regard to nationality, race, gender, colour, ethnicity, party affiliation, religious belief, wealth status, and educational qualification, the statement added.
DisNet GH therefore appealed to all Ghanaians “to come together, bury their differences and unite in cooperation with the relevant agencies and other frontline actors to defeat the virus”.