There was near pandemonium at Asokwa in Kumasi yesterday afternoon as residents jumped over one another in their quest to grab bags of food donated by government to cushion needy citizens, in the wake of the lockdown announced by government.
Circulated videos of some individuals and state agencies giving out packages to cushion less vulnerable members of society shows that the crammed nature of the crowd in compact, defeats the social distancing regulations which have been repeatedly announced as a key prevention measure against the virus.
Experts are worried that this gesture is likely to spread the coronavirus as residents breach the social distancing protocol in an attempt to get their share of the food in lockdown areas, a situation that needs to be checked.
Meanwhile the Ashanti Region NADMO through the District Disaster Management Committees and the Local Council of Churches explained it has established 18 centers where food is given to widows, indigenes, the homeless and all who are vulnerable in this lockdown period.
However the McKweown Pentecost Church in Asokwa is just one of the centers.
NADMO has not invited the general public to cue for food there. The District Disaster Management Committee has a representative of the Department of Social Welfare that has a database of the vulnerable in each district.
It is unfortunate that our attitude as a people has gotten us to this point, where people have rushed to the center because it it thought as “free” food.
The Crowd has been dispersed so things can move smoothly as it’s been done in the other 17 centers in the region.