Mr. Abdul Zakaria Kassim, District Health Director of Sawla-Tuna-Kalba has cautioned the public against wearing face shields alone without nose masks as a protective gear as it does not give the user the needed protection against COVID-19.
Mr. Kassim speaking on Yagbon Radio morning show on July 17, told host Abdul Fatawu that it was dangerous to put on only the face shield in the light of potential airborne spread of the virus from emerging scientific evidence.
The face shields protect against splashes and might be added to a mask, however, it should not be used as a replacement for nose masks in protecting one against COVID-19, he adviced.
The advice came on the heels of the alarming rate of wearing of face shields without nose masks as protection against COVID-I9.
The public is advised to wear nose masks at all times though one may not feel comfortable in it, it is a better option in fighting against the virus.
The use of face shields without nose mask should not be encouraged and must be stopped, Mr. Kassim warned.
Mr. Kassim urged the people of Savannah Region and Ghana at large not to relax in the fight against novel coronavirus pandemic.
“we as health practitioners keep on urging the general public to observe the guidelines set by World Health Organisation and Ghana Health Service in the fight against the virus as in washing of hands with a soap under running water, use of hand sanitizers regularly and wearing of face masks when moving out from one’s home”. Mr. Kassim noted.
Ghana is among many other countries battling to control the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic with it’s current confirmed cases at 26,125, with a total of 22, 270 recoveries while 139 people have succumbed to the virus.