Don’t stigmatize covid-19 patients – N/R Coordinating Director pleads
Chief Director at the Northern Regional Coordinating Council, Alhaji Alhassan Issahaku has appealed to residents not to stigmatized patients of the coronavirus.
Stigmatizing covid-19 patients the director said has the tendency of drawing back efforts towards the fight against the diseases.
Stigmatization has been identified by the Ghana health service as one of the emerging challenge confrontingcovid-19 fight.
But speaking at the Northern Regional Police Headquarters during the launch of fumigation and disinfestation of all police installations by Zoomlion Ghana limited, Alhaji Isshaku entreated the people in the region to consider covid-19 as any other diseases adding that everyone is vulnerable.
The diseases, the director noted, has no respecta of status or class in the society.
He urged residents to pray to Almighty Allah to heal all the patients and strength for health workers to provide the needed healthcare.
Covid-19, he observed was real and that residents must come to times with it.
‘Let’s see how we come as media to project covid-19 patients who have recovered to prove to the world that they are as normals everyone’ he pleaded.
‘Some times at risk of them being effected, we have called upon them to go in and effect arrest of criminals.
There has also been time we use certain measures to be able confined those who have tested positive so that they do not effect others’.
‘Our men and women have taken that risk of being effected and the least we can do is for us to prevent them from being effected’ .
He reiterated the need for the people to observe safety measures issues by health authorities.
The exercise, Alhaji Issahaku said was in recognition of the important role the police play in the fight against the covid-19, especially in effecting arrest and enforcing law and order.
The exercise which covered all police facilities in Northern, Savannah and North East regions started Wednesday morning after earlier ones in the markets and senior high schools.
Northern Regional Manager of Savannah Waste Services, a subsidiary of Zoomlion, Mr Dawuni Peter encourage the public to show keen interest in the fight COVID-19.
The fight against Mr Dawuni said is not an individual affairs but rather a collaborative efforts.
‘We think that the Ghana Police was an important organ as far as the development and growth of Ghana is concern and is against this reason that Ghana Police in collaboration with zoomlion is carrying out the exercise, Mr Dawuni.
He also appealed to corperate Ghana and many other individuals to express interest to fumigate their offices and homes.