Former President Jerry Rawlings has called on Ghanaians to adhere strictly to measures being taken by state authorities to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

In his Easter message, Rawlings says “we must acknowledge that pain and sacrifice are essential ingredients in overcoming every challenge,” referencing the crucifixion of Jesus.

“Let us use this period for thorough introspection and dedicate ourselves to doing what is right for God, humanity and country.”

Let us adhere strictly to the restrictions imposed by the lockdown and let us maintain good sanitation and hygiene habits and social distancing directives as we commit to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic,” the former president wrote.

He bemoaned the fact that some persons do not realise the severity of the new coronavirus diseases are disregarding the restrictions on movement of persons as a result.

“We need not allow this virus to spread into our communities. It will spread if we fail to be disciplined and stay at home,” he cautioned.

Call for solidarity with less privileged

Mr. Rawlings also called for solidarity with the needy in society, asking that “let us also remember our brothers and sisters who are less privileged by supporting them with food and shelter.”

“I also urge corporate institutions and all Ghanaians who can afford so to support government’s efforts to stem the spread of the virus by donating generously in cash or kind to the Covid-19 Trust Fund.

“I wish all Ghanaians an Easter period full of reflection, love, peace and generosity. Let us combat this challenge together drawing on our reserves of unity, patriotism and goodwill,” he added.