World Health Organization (WHO) urges civil society organizations (CSOs), community and religious leaders, among other key stakeholders within the community, to help enforce coronavirus disease protocols (COVID-19) at the base.
Expressing concern over the recent upsurge in cases in the country, WHO country representative Dr Francis Kasolo said all hands must be on deck to contain the spread of the virus.
“We would like to ask each of us to ensure that we continue to strictly adhere to public health measures; masking, disinfection, physical distancing, oral and nasal etiquette and ensuring that if we experience common symptoms related to COVID-19, we see a trained health worker, ”he advised.
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Dr Kasolo was speaking on Saturday during a delivery of medical equipment to the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Accra, to help the country’s response measures to COVID-19.
Items include 44 patient monitors and accessories, 25 oxygen concentrators and accessories, an arterial blood gas analyzer and five EKG machines.
In addition, 125 pieces each of adult and child venturi masks and 500 pieces each of adult and child oxygen nasal cannulas with pins were also donated by the world health organization.
D. Kasolo said the items were purchased under the WHO and World Bank Pandemic Emergency Fund, to help countries in their fight against the pandemic.
“These materials are being delivered as a number of countries on our continent experience a third wave of COVID-19 with the Delta variant leading to the increase in cases,” he noted.
The country representative expressed WHO’s commitment to help the government achieve a low rate of transmission of COVID-19 by strengthening its case management capacity.
The chief director of the ministry, Mr. Kwabena Boadu Oku-Afari, who received the items on behalf of the minister, thanked WHO for the donation which he said came at a time when most treatment centers lacked essential items.
“These are seen as infrastructure pieces that are needed primarily to treat patients and especially when we continue to see an increase in our cases, it comes at a very good time,” he said.
Mr Oku-Afari urged the public not to lose custody in accordance with COVID-19 preventive protocols, saying, “Because we are lucky enough with the number of casualties we are seeing, people do not see the severity of this disease.”
“COVID-19 is still with us and infects a lot of people. We must continue to wear our masks at all times, wash or disinfect our hands regularly and refrain from high-risk environments that expose you to the virus, ”he advised.
Source: The Ghanaian Times
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