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General News of Friday, 24 April 2020

Source: GNA

Protect each other from contracting Coronavirus - Catholic Bishop advises Ghanaians

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The Most Reverend Mathew Kwasi Gyamfi, the Catholic Bishop of Sunyani Diocese on Thursday advised Ghanaians to be responsible and protect each other from contracting the COVID-19.

He said Ghanaians could do this when they embrace and use nose masks and adhere to other health and safety protocols such as social distancing, avoid of handshake, washing of hands with soap under running water and the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers at all times.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) during a visit by the Deputy Bono Regional Minister, Mr. Stevens Siaka to the Catholic Secretariat at Abesim, near Sunyani, Most Rev. Gyamfi said every Ghanaian had the responsibility to protect each other.

Bishop Gyamfi said though the government had lifted the partial lockdown in parts of Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions, COVID-19 was still a pandemic the nation was fighting to contain.

Most Rev. Gyamfi said it would be easy for the government to win the fight if Ghanaians strictly adhered to the directives given and heed to the advice of health officials.

He said the Diocese had directed all Catholic Priests to intensify public education on radio stations for members of the Church and Ghanaians in general on the need to wear nose masks and adhere to safety measures.

Mr. Siaka visited the Pax Garments, a local manufacturing company of the Diocese at the Secretariat and commended the Catholic Church for its support towards the development of the nation.

As partners in development, the Deputy Regional Minister who is the Member of Parliament for Jaman North said the government expected more from churches in addressing youth unemployment aside their spiritual responsibilities.

Mr. Siaka was impressed with the work of the Company, which had permanently engaged 56 young men and women and could produce 1,000 nose masks on daily basis.