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General News of Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Source: GNA

Ghana Science Association advocates for coronavirus scientific research

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The Ghana Science Association (GSA) on Monday advocated support for scientific research into finding a quick cure for the COVID-19 disease.

The GSA is “advocating support for scientific research into finding an expedited cure for the COVID-19 disease”.

The association is further calling on the Center for Plant Medicine Research to bring together herbalists and traditional medicine practitioners or individuals with potential herbs, drugs, medicine for experimental analysis as a treatment for the COVID-19 by mandatory institutions.

In a statement jointly signed by Professor Nathaniel Owusu Boadi and Prof. William Gariba Akanwariwiak, Honorary National Secretary and National President of the GSA respectively in Accra and copied to the Ghana News Agency stated.

The Association is therefore calling for online accessible scientific advice from scientific experts on the quality and use of protective garments, and materials such as hand sanitizers, face masks, in the fight against the COVID-19.

According to the statement, the Science Association came up with the suggestions following various engagement with the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and other stakeholders.

The GSA is further calling for the setting up of a common national platform for discussion among scientific experts on the subject and other related field.

The association cautioned the media and public to verify the authenticity of information, messages being put out related to the COVID-19. Thus, every effort should be made to circulate only authentic information and messages.

The GSA also appealed to the public to exercise self-discipline, adhere to hygienic practices and lockdown measures put in place so far.

It further appealed to the public not to hesitate to present information on travel history of relatives and patients to the appropriate authorities.

The GSA commended policy makers, medical staff, security agents, media practitioners, stakeholders and any other related body who are at the forefront fighting this pandemic.

“Each one of us must do his or her part: Together we shall overcome!” the statement added.

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