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General News of Friday, 24 April 2020

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Public education on coronavirus is poor – Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama has called for an intensive public education and awareness creation on the novel Coronavirus pandemic.

According to him, scenes in our markets and public places show clearly that the President’s exhortation for social distancing has largely not been heeded.

“Right from the start of this pandemic, public education and awareness has been poor. Messages must be crafted in all local languages and aired extensively on all our media of mass communication,” he observed.

The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) reiterated the need for the public to heed the president’s call on wearing of face masks or nose masks or face coverings at all public places.

He, therefore, called on the government to make available the free distribution of locally manufactured reuse masks for the general public.

“Government should speed up the initiative of manufacturing locally made masks, which can be washed, pressed and reused again. These should be handed out free of charge to the public. Strong public education on the safe use of masks must accompany this initiative,” Mahama noted during his live digital conversation on his social media pages.

The leader of the NDC said also that it is very dangerous for anyone to think that perhaps, because of the current low mortality of the cases we have confirmed so far, the President might be seeking to rely on herd immunity as a strategy to fight COVID-19.

Ghana’s current novel Coronavirus case stands at 1,154 with 120 recoveries.

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