The Upper West Region through the Regional Coordinating Council has started educating the public on the deadly coronavirus as a means of helping to curtail the wide spread of the novel virus that claims thousands of lives in the world.
Speaking during a regional Education and Sensitization launch, Upper West Regional Minister, Hon. Hafiz Bin Salih who was very critical in ensuring the social distancing initiative, appealed to citizens in the region to abide by the laid down practices and the restrictions put in place by government in ensuring that the novel do not get enough fertile ground for a wide spread.
He stressed the need for residents to avoid social gatherings such as naming ceremonies, funerals and praying in congregations as directed by President Akufo-Addo so that the region will not have it as a headache regarding the spread of the novel coronavirus, adding that, citizens should volunteer information to the appropriate authorities in the region when there is a suspected case.
Meanwhile, the Upper West Regional Minister has directed all Municipal and District Assemblies in the region to launch their Municipal and District education and sensitization programmes noting that, each district and Municipality will be given, 100 veronica buckets, 100 cartons of soap, 100 packs of tissues and over 1000 face masks as well as each district receiving 50 dust bins and each Municipality receiving 100 dust bins.
As part of the sensitization process, leaders of various trade groups and associations such as hairdressers association, market women groups, leadership of GPRTU and shop owners were educated and urged to transmit the information to their members and the needed practices were also taught. Hand sanitizers, sunlight liquid soaps, tissues and other list of items were distributed among participants.
However the confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus shot up from 27 as at Monday to 52 as at Tuesday midday with contact tracing target ballooning at the fastest rate.