The President of the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Chapter of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Dr. Alex Egotey has admonished Ghanaians not to panic in the face of the increasing number of the Coronavirus disease.
He rather advised that Ghanaians should continue to observe the various protocols and precautionary measures set out by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to reduce the spread of the virus.
Dr. Egotey gave the advice while addressing media practitioners and officials of the Information Service Department (ISD), selected from the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions in Sunyani.
The programme was organized by the USAID Breakthrough Action Project in collaboration with the Ministry of Information and the Health Promotion Division of the Ghana Health Service to provide education on COVID-19.
Dr. Egotey expressed concern about the practice of social distancing considering how markets are being overcrowded in areas not affected by the lockdown.
He further called on the various metropolitan and district assemblies to put in measures to curb such practices.
"The disease is real and we have to take our destinies into our own hands by avoiding such overcrowded places," he said, calling on people to go out only if they had to buy their essential needs."
By far, 566 cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in 10 regions out of the sixteen regions in Ghana. 8 deaths have been recorded with four recoveries.
The Greater Accra region has recorded the highest number of cases followed by the Ashanti Region and the Eastern Region.
The six regions which have not recorded any case yet are the Bono, Bono East, Ahafo, Western North and the Oti regions.
The President has introduced a partial lockdown in some areas of the country described as the hotspot areas of the virus as part of measures to contain the spread of the virus. The lockdown has been extended by another week with the fate of further government decisions depending on the imminent cases to be recorded.
Steps being taken to avoid the confirmation of any case in the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regions
The various municipal and district assemblies in the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions have intensified education through the use of the media and the Information Service Department to sensitize residents on the precautionary measures against the virus.
Veronica buckets have also been placed at vantage points within the various towns and villages to make it easy for people to regularly observe the handwashing protocol.
The Bono Regional Coordinating Council has also banned the use of tricycles for the carrying of passengers as one of the measures against the spread of the COVID-19.
The Chairman of the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Chapter of the Ghana Journalists' Association, Mr. Larry Paa Kwesi Moses urged the various media houses and media practitioners in the regions to use the Ghana Health Service website to verify information about Ghana’s COVID-19 cases to avoid derailing efforts being made by the region to educate Ghanaians about the pandemic.