The Ministry of Information, Ghana Health service and USAID breakthrough Action Project has held a sensitization exercise for media personalities in the Upper West Regional capital.
The collaboration which brought together personnel’s from the media and Information Service Department were taken through credible media reportage, contact tracing, Stigmatization and case management in relation to covid-19.
Addressing participants, Mr Joel Abekuliya Head of Risk communication technical working group said the disease is a new one and a lot of research are still ongoing to expose its true behavior.
Mr. Joel said the disease is not airborne but however, if an infected person coughs or sneezes the fluid suspends on the air for about a few hours and finally settle on the ground.
He said, at that point if a person breaths in this fluid, he or she can contract the disease (COVID-19).
Mr. Joel also said coming in contact with an infected person doesn’t guarantee you getting it but after every contact just wash your hands or use a sanitizer.
Addressing some agitations public agitations Dr. Osei Kufour Ajieh, the upper west Regional Director of Health Servive said the public shouldn’t panic about the corona virus case in Wa and that so far 21 samples were submitted and others and tests proved all negative.
Dr. Osei said even the affected person is doing very well and very soon he will be discharged by lab results but clinically he is fine, he stressed.
He urged the public to volunteer to give out information on their status.
They should not feel stigmatized to be tested.
Dr. Osei Ajieh also disclosed that logistics have been given to the region from Greece to fight CSM and urged the public to be calm as the case of CSM is under control.
By Alhassan Abdul Razack