Chairman of the Risk Communication and Social Mobilization Committee for the COVID–19 Response Team in Ghana, Dr. Da Costa Aboagye has cautioned Ghanaians not to be complacent about the news that the incidence of infection has been steadily decreasing.
There are currently no recorded cases of COVID-19 in the North East, Savannah, Upper East and Upper West regions and I charge their residents to do all they can to maintain that situation. With the largest number of active events, Greater Accra, Ashanti, Central, Eastern and Western continues to be the areas. To date, fourty thousand, five hundred and sixty-seven (40,567) individuals have recovered from the virus. This means that in three weeks our rate of recovery has improved from eighty-nine-point five percent (89.5 percent) to ninety-five-point one percent (95.1 percent).
In an interview with Akokoraba Nyarko of Kasapa FM, Dr. Da Costa Aboagye clarified that the decrease in local infections [community spreads] is the product of initiatives placed in place by the government, the Ghana Health Service, the Ministry of Health, as well as various stakeholders, such as the media and compliance by Ghanaians with safety protocols.
But, according to the Ghana Health Service ‘s Director of Health Promotion, given the rapid reduction in the rate of Covid-19 infection, the nation is at a critical stage in the battle against the pandemic, as it calls for increased public awareness and community involvement for fear that people may lose their guard over the safety protocols, believing the war is over and where
“The reason why I said that we have reached the critical stage in the battle against COVID-19 is that, as a country, it is time we saw the need to intensify public education, community involvement such as house-to – house education and to ensure that every Ghanaian adheres to the safety protocols; wearing face masks, daily washing of hands with soap for at least 20 seconds;
He maintained that the time for each Ghanaian to eat a well-balanced diet, particularly from local foods, is now as it is part of the immune system boosting means.
“This is the time for every Ghanaian to eat a well-balanced diet from local foods and follow all of the preventive measures to avoid what we call the second wave. We should not be complacent that the risk of infection is declining, but we are not going to comply with the security protocols; we should not be complacent, “he said.
He also sounded some caution to the Ghanaians not to think there is no more Covid-19 infection in the country, and so they will go to work without their face masks and other protocols that are needed.
“When you leave your homes, please wear your face masks, because wearing them is a law and the police are still enforcing that law. We have reached a point in the battle against the virus where people will support us to eliminate the infection completely from the country as we continue to remove some of the restrictions.
“If we don’t comply with the security protocols, the infection rate will shoot up because we’ve seen a similar situation in other countries and so the media should use their platforms to help us the risk communication and community engagement team continue to make Ghanaians aware that we’ve reached a critical stage in the fight against COVID-19,” he urged.
He was strongly persuaded that “the fight must be fought within communities because of community spread and so, in-community transmission, you need members of the community to do what they are supposed to do to curb the infection.”