In these Covid times we always entreat everyone to do his/her best to stay safe and healthy. But we both know how this information may not reach out to most people especially those who don’t have the exposure like we do. This is why the Health Promotion Division of the Ghana Health Service embarked on a series of COVID-19 prevention and awareness campaign recently. This event was held places like principal markets in the Greater Accra Region and other hotspot areas.
The event was initiated as part of efforts to ensure sensitization of the general population on the Covid-19 protocols in the Central Business District of Greater Accra and hotspots. Hence it was themed, “Mask Is A Must” campaign,
The goal was to educate the target population on the causes, mode of transmission, symptoms and the preventive protocols of Covid-19. Targeting a population of about three thousand people, including market women, trotro drivers, street sellers and various workplaces.
The Campaign activities were mapped out in close coordination with various market women associations, leaders of various transport unions and Leaders of various Lorry parks, sellers and patrons of markets.
About four thousand (4000) social and behaviour change communication materials including posters and leaflets on Covid-19 were also distributed.
Further, about 2000 pieces of reusable face-masks were also distributed to people who were without masks.
“The recent resurgence of the virus worldwide has increased the challenge for WHO and health authorities and until a treatment or a vaccine is introduced in Ghana, we need to continue to collaborate to control the spread of the virus and raise community awareness on the importance of wearing a mask, maintaining physical distancing and practising good hand hygiene,”
Dr DaCosta Aboagye, Director of the Division said.
“We urge every Ghanaian to follow these basic Health promotion measures to protect themselves and their families against this disease in order to resume the normal activities of our daily lives,” Dr Da Costa added.
At the end of the program, the leadership of the various groups, transport unions, traders, drivers, okada riders expressed joy and thanked the Ghana Health Service /Health Promotion Division for their effort. They requested that such activities should be organized intermittently so that the people would be cautious about themselves and always abide by the preventive protocols.
The series of activities were led by Mrs Mabel Asafo , Deputy Director Social Mobilisation & Advocacy and Mrs Bridget Anim , Deputy Director Health Communication.