With the country recording its first Covid-19 infection case in March 2020, Ghana has lost 763 of its people living within the country.
As of April 2021, a whopping number of 91,477 infections had been recorded with 89,301 recoveries, leaving 1413 active cases under management whilst 742,349 vaccines have been administered.
The question to ask ourselves is, should we relax with the Covid-19 safety protocols or we should maintain it and ensure strict adherence?.
Disregard for preventive measures.
This question is very necessary because an observatory walk around town will give one a picture of non compliance to a number of these safety protocols, prominent among them being the presence of empty or non-functional Veronica Buckets without soaps or tissue papers serving as decoration.
This means that the protocol of handwashing is dwindling and at the same time the use of hand sanitizers has also reduced dramatically.
Meanwhile Covid-19 remains a contact disease and for that matter handwashing remains a necessary preventive tool.
Wearing of noise masks in public places is quite encouraging but its enforcement seems to be low and it poses danger because Covid-19 is a contagious respiratory disease and nose mask wearing is absolutely necessary in preventing the spread.
Social distancing at public places is now discretionary even at organized public functions.
With these horrific observations I must remind all that Covid-9 remains a novel disease and for that matter not all the dynamics around this dangerous disease are known in the medical sphere so adhering to its preventive protocols remains an outright sensible necessity.
Ghana is not medically sophisticated enough to contain a spike in infections so we must drop this complacent attitude towards the disease and save our lives.
A reminder of WHO recommended protocols:
“If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, stay safe by taking some simple precautions, such as physical distancing, wearing a mask, keeping rooms well ventilated, avoiding crowds, cleaning your hands, and coughing into a bent elbow or tissue. Do it all!”
Written by: Fred Okyere
OPERATIONS DIRECTOR, NPP GLOBAL MEDICAL TEAM