- Otumfuo Osei Tutu has urged for a stop to all political activities amid the Coronavirus fight
- According to Otumfuo, it was prudent for the nation to concentrate on the disease rather than politics
- He thus urged the media to devote their time to fighting the disease rather than politics
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Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, has asked for a freeze on political activities in Ghana as the country deals with the dreaded Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
According to the Asantehene, the nation must focus its attention on battling the Coronavirus and must put a stop to political activities, for at least, the next four weeks.
So far, Ghana has recorded 19 cases of the dreaded Coronavirus diseases within 10 days of the first recorded case.
While many of the cases have been imported, there have three cases of victims with no travel history suggesting that there could be widespread infections.
Otumfuo thus urged the Ghanaian media to reduce the amount of coverage on political discourses and devote its coverage to the pandemic to help contain the spread of the disease.
Otumfuo's call came after Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah visited the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi on Friday, March 20, 2020, a reported YEN.com.gh sighted on 3News.com.
The visit by Oppong Nkrumah was to observe measures at the palace to help in the coronavirus fight.
As part of measures to prevent the spread of the disease, the palace has announced the suspension of major traditional activities including the Akwasidae and Awukudae ceremonies which attract large public gathering.
The Manhyia Museum has also been closed down as part of the precautionary measures while health safety measures and facilities to protect people have been put in place.
After being taken around the facilities, an impressed Opong Nkrumah encouraged other traditional rulers and institutions to emulate.
Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of International Relations at the Manhyia Palace, Nana Effah Apenteng, who briefed the media on behalf of Asantehene, advised Ghanaians to adhere to the President’s directives on social gathering.
Meanwhile, the government has set up a special Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for the Coronavirus disease.
The 16-bed facility is to treat complicated cases of Coronavirus especially patins who will suffer respiratory complications.
The facility is located at the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) at Legon in Accra.
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