‘Fleeing’ Accra, Kumasi: Residents stopped at Inchanban barrier for screening
Hundreds of passengers heading towards Takoradi from Accra and Kumasi, apparently to escape the Monday’s lockdown as announced by the President following the declaration of the two areas as endemic regions may have regretted doing so.
This is because, the buses carrying them have been ordered to stop at the Inchaban barrier in Sekondi as health professionals screen the passenger.
This has led to a long queues with the passengers stuck in traffic. The exercise is been undertaken by the Western Region Emergency Response team.
With the help of security officials, each vehicle is signalled to park aside for those on board to have their temperatures checked. Persons whose temperatures are said to be above normal levels (37.5°C) are isolated and sent to a holding facility for thorough examination.
Sources say the exercise started on Saturday evening and some suspected COVID-19 ‘carriers’ have been identified and sent to the holding facility.
The number suspected to be carrying the suspected virus is however unknown.
The Mayor of the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA), Anthony K.K. Sam, on Saturday told Skyy Power FM’s political show that all chief executives of the various assemblies in the Western Region had a an emergency meeting with the Regional Minister to explore and operationalise strategies to curtail an invasion of the ‘deadly’ virus in the region, from the ‘locked down’ cities – Accra, Tema, and Kumasi, following the announcement by the President on Friday night.
As a result, all other barriers in the region will, in the ensuing days, be carrying out testing and screening exercises.
By Kwesi Alfred Adams/www.thechronicle.com.gh/ Takoradi