The Health Promotion Division of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) on Thursday embarked on COVID-19 sensitisation programme at Kaneshie market and Kaneshie Senior High Technical School (KATECO) in Accra.
The campaign which was in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), was to educate and remind the public on the need to continue to adhere to the COVID-19 safety protocols.
Funded by the Japanese government, the campaign aimed at promoting public health and social resilience against COVID-19 and business continuity.
The Health Promotion Officer at the GHS, Mr Jerry Fiave said the campaign formed part of GHS’ awareness creation on the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to educate the target population on the causes, mode of transmission, symptoms and the preventive protocols of the virus.
“We’re still striding what we call sustained behaviour change, people are lazing, some people are not practicing proper hand hygiene before putting their hand in foods that they are eating. And we know that, the hand is the number one portal for entry with the infection, so we’re sensitising the entire public that, we should continue with the protocols when it is needed,” he added.
Mr Fiave said the exercise was not just about COVID-19 but emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases such as Ebola, Marburg and Monkeypox disease among others to rekindle the public on the dangers associated with these diseases and how to enhance protection against it.
“There are other respiratory diseases which, one is also likely to be infected and so we embark on this exercise to sensitise them so that in case of any other pandemic they would be able to be resilient to continue their economic activities,” he stated.
MrFiavereminded the general public that, the COVID-19 pandemic was not yet over and entreated them to continue to observe the safety protocols to prevent them from contracting the disease.
He also encouraged those who had not have their vaccines to visit any health facility for the jab so that they could be protected from the virus.
The Assistant Headmistress of KATECO in charge of Domestic, Mrs Augusta Lartey thanked GHS for the exercise and promised to intensify their checks and ensure the students adhered to the COVID-19 safety protocols.
BY VIVIAN ARTHUR