While the Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service have put in a lot of efforts in sensitizing Ghanaians about the deadly coronavirus, it seems others are yet to accept that coronavirus is real.
To contain the spread of the virus, the Minister of Health by the Public Health Act, 2012 (Act 851) has directed the wearing of nose masks by all and sundry to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Section 170(1) of the Act clothes the Minister with powers to order an individual to take a preventive measure in respect of public health matters.
In a report filed by UTV Ghana and monitored by GhanaWeb, at the Aflao border in the Volta Region, some residents in the area, continue to flout the directive, citing a variety of reasons, including a claim that their gods have assured them of no coronavirus in the area.
A commercial motorcyclist popularly known as Okada rider has debunked the existence of COVID-19 in the area, citing assurance by traditional deities in the area, adding that the nose mask also makes breathing difficult.
He reiterated that although he has one, he barely uses it since the oracle has confirmed that the virus does not exist.
“Me my juju say, that thing they say coronavirus, that thing ebi illegal. That thing ebi fake things. So me I get juju where edey talk me true… My juju say make I no use this thing,” he said in Pidgin to the UTV reporter.
Other drivers who spoke to UTV attributed their behaviour of non-compliance to financial constraints.