The Bole District Director of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice(CHRAJ), Mr. Agyei Kwakye has reiterated the call on the public to desist from stigmatising individuals who had been infected with the covid-19 in their communities.
He said ” we do not have to point fingers at covid-19 patients or call them names related to the pandemic because it will affect them psychologically, we should rather embrace them in our communities”.
Mr. Kwakye made the call in an interview with Yagbon News as the Commission prepares to undertake series of campaign in radio stations towards ending stigmatization in our communities.
He said stigmatization in any form amounts to violation of ones human rights.
“When the covid-19 patients feels stigmatized, he or she may not open up for management and treatment and by so doing spreads the virus gradually within communities which could cause havoc for us as a nation, he noted. Mr.
Kwakye, therefore, advised the citizenry to stop the stigma to help build self- esteem in victims and facilitate the fight against the virus.
“Let’s us stop the stigma and accept victims in our societies so as to motivate them to educate the rest of us on the importance of staying safe from the virus, and i think that will be a great step in fighting the disease”, he added.
Mr. Kwakye urged the public to rigorously abide by the preventive protocols by the Ghana Health Service, the World Health Organization and other health experts in curbing the spread of the virus in our communities.
Ghana as at June 16, 2020, has recorded a total of 12,193 cases of covid-19, with 4,326 recoveries and 58 deaths.
The Savannah Region has also witnessed an increased in the number of cases from 1 case reported from the East Gonja Municipality to 34 cases in the Region.