Sarkin Talba of Greater Accra Hausa Chief, a Philanthropist and a businessman, Sarki Issaka Nettey, has urged Ghanaians to take the COVID-19 safety protocols very serious. The number of COVID-19 cases detected in the country in the past few weeks, he said, indicates how fast and dangerous the second wave of the outbreak spreads. He advised Ghanaians to adhere strictly to the safety guidelines to mitigate the spread. Non-compliance with the prescribed COVID-19 safety protocols, he said, would make the disease spread faster. He adding that it is, necessary for Ghanaians to take responsibility for the containment of the COVID-19 pandemic that is ravaging the world.
According to him, the time has come for Ghanaians to believe the 2nd wave of COVID-19 is real; unlike what was witnessed in the first wave and warned the second wave is more deadly. The rate at which people are contracting the virus and the number of recorded active positive cases, he said, call for precautionary measures as outlined by health personnel.
Sarki Issaka Nettey called on other chiefs, Imams and NGOs to organise sensitisation programmes to remind residents, especially market women and drivers, of the need to follow all the precautionary measures and guidelines to win the war against the Virus. These, he said, include regularly using nose mask, washing the hands with soap under clean running water, use of hand sanitiser, maintaining social distance among others. He commended the government for its efforts in fighting against the virus and called for more measures including enhanced contact tracing and provision of PPEs to frontline health workers.
He advised Ghanaians to adopt greater hygiene in their everyday lives and urged them to be transparent and report to health facilities whenever they feel unwell. However, the number of COVID-19 related deaths recorded in Ghana has risen by six. According to the latest update by the Ghana Health Service, newly recorded cases as of February 13, 2021, is 702. This keeps the countries daily infection rate within the 700 average as has been the case over the past week. The number of current active cases has further risen to 7,866 with the cumulative number of confirmed cases now 77,748. 69,321 of the cumulative number of cases are said to have recovered from the virus whiles 561 of the total infections have resulted in deaths.
Source: wadataonline.com/Muhammed Faisal Mustapha