The Ghana Football Association (GFA)’s offer of its national camping facility as an isolation center for coronavirus patients has hit a snag after angry youth protested against the decision and called for it to be withdrawn with immediate effect.
The youth of Prampram, where the Ghanaman Soccer Centre of Excellence is located, have vowed to violently make it impossible for the centre to used as an isolation center for Covid-19.
The young people number over hundred took to the streets of the town on Sunday to register their disgust over the GFA’s decision to offer the centre as the place to fight the deadly disease.
This comes just 24 hours after the GFA announced that it s offering the 1000-bed facility to the government should the need arise for them to use it in the fight against the pandemic.
However, the youth in Prampram say they won’t allow the government to use the facility which is in their community insisting it is a dangerous and callous move.
They claim it would be dangerous for their families if infected patients are brought there since the disease is highly infectious and contagious and would spread into their community.
The government has struggled to find places to use as isolation centres as Ghana’s case count rises whicxh prmopted the GFA to make the offer to host the patients.
“Through our Medical Committee, we have gotten in touch with the authorities to make them aware that our facility at Prampram is available for use,” said GFA General Secretary, Prosper Harrison Addo.
“The Centre of Excellence is spacious and we think, the facility can be of great help to the government in this challenging time.”
When approved, the Centre could serve patients from Greater Accra, Eastern and Volta regions, taking into consideration its strategic location.
This week, some residents in Cape Coast protested alleged plans to use the St. Augustine’s College as an isolation centre.