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The world has been wrestling a common enemy for some time now and as to when it will end, commanders at the battlefield can’t tell.

Some nations are losing heavily whiles others are making steady strides. Unfortunately, powerhouses with all its sophisticated arsenals couldn’t prevent it.

The emergence of biological weapons was forthcoming considering the data of historical precedent notable is Ebola. COVID-19 certainly wouldn’t be the last not because of any religious connotations but because of the advancement of science and technology.

Our beloved country has gotten a share of this global “bitter cake”. The consequences on our economy are enormous. Permit me to highlight on its slight impact on education and religion(maybe because I am a Ghanaian). In response to one of the safety precautions of avoiding over-crowding, academic institutions shut down indefinitely, obviously learning activities have been sedated.

I personally feel the heightened fear of our form 2 Gold Track students who haven’t had effective teaching since December 2019, who is to blame? Perhaps “Force Majeure”. Individuals are trying to provide an alternative virtual classroom to facilitate learning. Internet connectivity in the country will thwart this approach. Nonetheless, TV stations are making an effort to achieve this.

Religious activities, Holy masses are now been streamed online. For the Catholic Church specifically, the pandemic has forced it leaders to “amend” some portions of its catechesis that has to do with the reception of some sacraments (Holy Eucharist and Penance). Catholic faithfuls are really struggling with this new form of worship.

For the one man churches as it locally termed, times like this clearly shows that their operations are monetary minded instead of the salvation of its members. They’re trying to bridge this financial gap by using the various transfers platform but we all know it is not effective as having a physical congregation.

Undeniably, this pandemic has exposed the frailties in our health system and the government at large. The good thing here is an opportunity to prepare for future surge. As it stands, an onlooker might think we are waiting for the right rifle from the western world to kill this enemy. To a very large extent, it is true.

What is actually the problem? Is it that our microbiological professors in our eminent universities we always boast of cannot come out with something practical or the institutions are under-resourced? The latter seems to be true.

We as a country and not as NPP or NDC have to give equal or even more attention to provision of necessarily essentials (financial and human capital mainly) in strengthening our research bodies as we do for other budgetary allocations. We need to see bio-weapons as imminent enemies. We can’t afford to be here again otherwise posterity will judge our leaders first, before the charcoal seller.

In conclusion, I wish to commend our president and his government for the tactics been deployed, for individuals and institutions supporting with their wealth in combatting this bio-evil. I strongly believe we’ll come out of this much stronger and united.

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