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A Public Health Specialist at the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) Alhaji Mustapha Tahiru has blamed the increase in covid-19 cases in the country to the lukewarm attitude by the people in connection with the observance of the safety protocols. He said many Ghanaians are not abiding by the precautions making the spread of the virus easily.

“Many Ghanaians have now stopped wearing nose masks and also abide by the other related preventive measures. “The notion that the pandemic was no longer in existence must be discarded if we want to stay alive and healthy,” the specialist noted.

He said Ghana is capable of fighting covid-19 completely if citizens and institutions adhered to the safety protocols. He said the impudence with which the safety protocols were being breached was not in the best interest of the nation as it could result in a resurgence of COVID-19 cases.

According to the Ghana Health Service’s portal on COVID-19, the country currently has recorded 49, 302 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 47, 843 recoveries, and 320 deaths.

The country, whose management of the pandemic had been described as one of the best globally by health experts, has seen a rise in active cases recently.

Alhaji Tahiru who was speaking in an earlier interview on Zaa major news, however asked that strict punishment be meted out to violators of these protocols to serve as deterrent to others. 

I think there should be some form of punishment to give to people who disrespect the safety protocols in order to make it effective to control the spread of the virus’’.  

Alhaji Tahiru was however optimistic that there will not be a surge in the virus if citizens abide by the health protocols. He reminded Ghanaians about the existence of the virus and urged the general public to continue to adhere to the safety protocols, since that is the only way the virus can be controlled.  

By: Lilian D. Walter

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