The Upper West Regional Minister, Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih says “government will not spare any effort at ensuring that we confront the Coronavirus (COVID 19) issue so spare the country its negative ramifications”.
He made the observation at the Upper West Regional launch of education and sensitisation program on COVID 19 in Wa.
The function was aimed at obtaining support from market queens, livestock dealers, hairdressers, barbers, representatives of transport associations and other groups that the public interact with on daily basis towards the fight of the COVID 19 pandemic.
Dr Bin Salih pointed out that the government is fully aware of the harm the disease can inflict on the country and announced that after the Regional event, it will be replicated at the District level.
Shedding light on the packages to be given to various Assemblies in Upper West, he said: “We have received some support from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development through the Common Fund Secretariat. Each of the Assembly in the region will in the coming weeks receive 100 veronica buckets, 100 packs of tissues, 100 cartons of soap and over 1000 face masks. Each District will receive 50 dustbins whilst the Municipality will100 dustbins each as well as 50 cartons of sanitizers.”
Dr Bin Salih expressed the hope those invited to the Regional launch will in turn educate their fellow colleagues to take the needed precautions to contain the disease.
The Regional Director of Health Services, Dr Osei Kuffour Afreh announced that the three suspected cases in Upper West came out negative after verification and shared some observations about the corona virus.
He said: “Many people do not believe there is a disease like that [coronavirus] and do not even believe they can even get the disease. So people are doing things normally as if, excuse me to say, we are making some noise. Some people also say they have prayed, they believe in God, they believe in Allah so once they have prayed they will not get any disease.”
“What I have to tell you is that the disease is real. We can pray, go to the mosque, we can do all that but if we don’t put in the physical thing, the prayers alone will not save us,” he declared.
Dr. Afreh said hand washing with soap is very, very key [important] at this time and stressed the need for us to be eachothers keeper by taking appropriate measures.
Story by Emmanuel Mensah-Abludo.