The Upper East Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Emmanuel Dzotsi says even though the Covid-19 positive cases in Ghana have started increasing again, the emphasis should not be on reporting the numbers, rather more attention should be given to public education on prevention.
According to him, the media played its role very well in 2020 which contributed largely to the drastic reduction of Covid-19 cases in Ghana and must be commended. He wants the media to intensify the education on the prevention of Covid-19 this year, to stop the spread before it gets out of hand.
“We need to keep reminding ourselves that the disease is still around and can still kill. We are all aware of Covid-19, we know the mode of transmission, we are aware of the areas where Covid-19 can be spread and contracted. The problem is that, despite all this knowledge on Covid-19, people still gather and go around without mask. We need to remind ourselves over and over so that we all can be safe and this is where the media comes in.”
Dr. Dzotsi was speaking on the Daybreak Upper East show on Monday on A1 Radio in Bolgatanga, in the Upper East Region of Ghana. He is worried and very much afraid that if the citizenry fail to take their safety seriously, the country may record higher numbers that will put everyone in danger.
He has called on all religious bodies and their leaders to use their platforms to also educated their followers and the general public to abide by all the Covid-19 prevention protocols.
A1 Radio has observed that many of the Veronica Buckets at many public places in the Bolgatanga Municipality do not have water at all, and in places where there is water in the containers, there is no wipes/tissue to clean your hands after washing.
Suddenly, vendors that were busily selling hand sanitizers, have stopped because people no longer buy them.
Ghana’s Covid-19 positive cases now stand at 2,546 (from January 1 to January 14), while the whole of Upper East Region has 89 positive cases, with four deaths.
The Bolgatanga Municipality has recorded 46 Covid-19 positive cases within the same person, with three death.