– As we all know, the world is facing and fighting a global pandemic known as COVID-19. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The best way to prevent and slow down transmission by the World Health Organisation is to be well informed about the virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. It is said that to protect oneself and others, there must be regular washing of hands, using alcohol-based hand sanitizer/rubs as frequent as possible, observing the required social distancing, avoid touching of the face and the use of the appropriate face mask because the virus spreads primarily through droplets of an infected person/persons coughs or sneezes. There are currently no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19 by the World Health Organisation.
This has made most countries in the world cautious in an attempt to combat the virus and reduce its spread. Though the virus has claimed the lives of millions of people all around the world, they’ve been a reasonable rate of recoveries as well using some approved medicines being administered by health workers around the world. Even though the death rate of persons suffering from the virus in Africa is increasing at a decreasing rate, it is still very important that we practice the necessary precautions/measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
On 14th June 2020, His Excellency Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo addressed the nation on the precautionary measures to combat COVID-19. In his speech he emphasized on the need to always put on a face mask hence, it is mandatory for all Ghanaians and that it is an offence to go out of the home without a nose mask and that law enforcing bodies such as the Ghana Police can arrest persons who violate the authority of the President through an executive instrument. This came about due to the rise in the cases recorded at 11,964 as at 14th June 2020 and a total of 54 death cases.
Initially, the mandatory wearing of face mask was for people in the Greater Accra Region, until the President’s 11th update to the Nation. Many may not like the idea of the use of the nose mask being mandatory because of how uncomfortable it may be wearing it and the health issues it also comes along with wearing it for long hours, but we must be reminded that this is a deadly virus and it is going to be very difficult getting rid of it if we do not take the necessary precautions seriously as the president has instructed. Our lives lie in our own hands. Let’s safeguard it with the wisdom God has given us as individuals and as a country. Stay Home, Stay Safe!!!.
God bless His Excellency, God bless Ghana!