Notes about life in Elmina and Cape Coast Ghana during Covid-19: by Solomon Ewusie
In this #Coronavirus era, moving from one place to the other requires a lot of due diligence and care. In our part of the world, our families will extremely advise you to be careful so you don’t contract the virus. In my area, people wear nose masks/covers made with the local fabrics, there are handwashing stands by the roadsides among others. Various assembly members are on the lookout for taxi drivers who take more than the required passengers. All of these things are done just to ensure that the spread of the virus is brought to the minimum. Fortunately for me, the area/town has not recorded any case yet though my municipal has recorded a few cases.
As a young enlightened person, I take my health very seriously and I greatly consider the advice by the World Health Organization, Ghana Health Service among other institutions all aimed at making sure that I don’t contract the virus and I don’t spread it. My bicycle has been my major source of transport anytime I leave from my house to Elmina town for any errands. Traveling outside Elmina to maybe Cape Coast will require the use of public transport. In Ghana, traveling on public transport in this era can be very risky and your life will be on the line. Most taxi drivers simply won’t observe the social distancing, don’t have hand sanitizers, and other things all aimed to minimize the spread of the virus.
Since the outbreak of the virus, I have been cautious with my engagements with the public especially the public transports. I always make sure I have a bottle of water and hand sanitizers with me anytime I decide to leave the house since the outbreak of the virus. It hasn’t been that easy adjusting to such a lifestyle. I must admit that this is one of the major things that will stay with us after this era. Myself and my good people of Ghana will get used to most of this lifestyle which simply connotes that life will never be the same even after a vaccine is found for this virus.
Though difficult for most of the people in Elmina to practice the measures by the World Health Organization and the Ghana Health Services, my good people of Elmina have been trying their best to make sure the contraction and the spread of the virus are at their lowest.
Despite the numerous financial constraints which come with this, most of my good people in Elmina have placed buckets of water with soaps and tissues in front of their houses and stores. This clearly tells how my good people are ready to make sure that they support the government to minimize the spread of the virus. I haven’t made any major transportation out of Elmina for some time, since the outbreak of the virus. There are times that one is required to take a step no matter the issues at hand. Such was the case when I had some issues with my sim card and I had to visit the service provider’s office in Cape Coast, Central Region’s capital.
As usual, I can’t go to Cape Coast with my bicycle because of the nature of the roads, the types of vehicles that ply the road, among other factors. In fact, plying the highway to Cape Coast with my bicycle could be more risky than the coronavirus. Before leaving the house, I properly have to adjust myself to situations outside my home and area. Across the various media platforms both local and national, I have heard of measures put in place by the various state agencies in Elmina and Cape Coast and stepping out, I was simply prepared for anything so I would not contract the virus and also to minimize the spread.
Finally, I made the decision to travel by public transport to Cape Coast for my errands. My errands lasted for about 2 hours. I made some few observations while on those errands which I would like to share them;
1. From my house to Chapel Square, my temperature was checked once by a group of individuals called “Concerned Youth of Elmina”. They are made up of nurses and health personnel who are doing their best to help the government with services through public health services.
2. Transport fares from Elmina Chapel Square to Cape Coast have been increased slightly. To my surprise I didn’t pay the usual Ghana cedis 3.80, but rather Ghana cedis 4.00. This is a result of ensuring that the drivers adhere to the social distancing directive. Taxis in Ghana normally board three passengers at the backseat. Since the various drivers’ unions want to ensure social distancing, they now board two passengers instead of the three and that’s the reason for the increase in the fares.
3. During my time at Cape Coast, I saw countless buckets of water, soaps, and tissues in front of business offices, stores, and houses. Before entering the service provider’s office, I was asked to wash my hands with soap (which was provided), my temperature was taken and I was given some sanitizer, all taking place while observing the social distance rule.
4. A lot of people were seen covering their nose with various types of nose masks; medical masks and those made with the local fabrics.
At the end of the errands in Cape Coast, I left as a very happy person and I feel relaxed considering the efforts my good people are putting in place to support the government’s continuing fight against the coronavirus. I feel that if various individuals in various nations and the world all over try to practice all that has been suggested by the various health authorities, the global fight against coronavirus will be very victorious.
My motive for sharing this information is basically to help travelers prepare as they embark on any journey outside their homes and areas (i.e. if they are not under any restrictions). My information might not be accurate and precise but at least someone can find it very educative and useful. You can share to reach other individuals across the globe.