The National Commission on Civic Education(NCCE) is worried about the daily increasing cases of Covid-19 in the country, despite the numerous public sensitisation campaigns embarked by the Commission.
According to the Commission failure of persons to adhere to the safety protocols is negating the efforts of the Commission to provide public education to the public on the pandemic.
“It is unfortunate to note that some Ghanaians still hold the notion that the disease is a hoax, while others even claim that Covid-19 is limited to the cities and cannot affect them in any way,” Joyce Afutu, the Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs at the Commission said in a statement.
Ghana’s Covid-19 has seen significant hikes since the first cases were recorded in March.
As of June 22, cases stood at 29,672 with 26,090 recoveries and 153 deaths.
Although there has been an increased number of recoveries, the Commission has raised concerns over the surge in the cases which has been blamed on failure of persons to observe the protocols.
“Claims and myths around the pandemic are untenable. It is imperative that we take full cognisance of the fact that the disease is REAL and continues to spread across all facets of society.
“This is why the NCCE reminds Ghanaians to act responsibly by observing the safety protocols,” the Commission further indicated.
“In fact, new cases per day is alarming knowing the numerous public sensitisation campaigns NCCE has embarked on, in the nooks and crannies of the country coupled with the Government’s response to COVID-19 and efforts by the Ghana Health Service, Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Information, the Media and other institutions to drive the campaign to encourage citizens and residents to adhere to the safety protocols,” the Commission said.
The NCCE, therefore, is appealing to the public to strictly adhere to the safety protocols.
“Therefore, in the spirit of ensuring public safety, the NCCE appeals to the citizenry not to take the safety measures for granted but to responsively act to preserve public safety.
“We reiterate the need for everyone to practice regular handwashing with soap under running water, mask up when leaving home, use alcohol-based hand sanitiser frequently, maintain at least one-meter distance when in public spaces, stay home and call these hotlines 112 or 311 when you are unwell as well as observe good personal and respiratory hygiene,” they said.
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