The Bongo Youth Parliament in the Upper East Region, has called on the government to consider organizing a nationwide mass screening and testing as part of measures to help fight the rapid spread of the novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in the country.
They emphasized that when the country conducts mass screening and testing, people who have the virus would be identified, isolated and given the necessary treatment and that would aid the Ghana Health Service to contain the spread.
“The hospitality nature of Ghanaians is well known and if we record huge numbers of cases with regard to the deadly coronavirus, the consequences will be dire compared to developed nations.
“As a result, the Bongo Youth Parliament calls for a nationwide mass screening and testing. This in our view, will help stop further spread of the COVID-19”.
Mr Edward Asekere, the Speaker of the Bongo Youth Parliament, made the appeal on behalf of the group at a public sensitization programme on the fight against the deadly infection.
The Bongo Youth Parliament, established in 2019, is a non-partisan group of young and energetic individuals whose focus is to deliberate the fortunes of the district and influence policy decisions for the total development and wellbeing of the District.
The four-day sensitization programme, which took place at market places and other major public places were to enlighten the citizenry on the coronavirus pandemic and how the citizenry could fight against the infectious disease.
The Speaker explained that the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic was dangerous to human existence and a concerted effort was needed to stop its spread.
He said the youth embarked on a public sensitization campaign in the Bongo District in a bid to contribute to the efforts in the fight against the spread of the Coronavirus.
Mr Asekere said the youth sought to demystify the misinformation and misconceptions about the virus and educate the people on how to uphold precautionary protocols to prevent its spread in the District.
He advised the people to regularly wash their hands with soap under running water, avoid handshakes and hugs, observe social distancing as well as stay home and only go out when absolutely necessary.
“Aside from the above-mentioned measures we taught our rural folks how to make simple nose masks and simple local washing gallon (tippy tap) to protect themselves and we also presented liquid soap and hand sanitizers to each of the markets we visited,” Mr Asekere said.
During the visit across the District, the Speaker said they observed that the Namoo Border linking the District to Burkina Faso had many unapproved routes and some recalcitrant individuals charged exorbitant fares and secretly carried people across the border on motorbikes.
He said, “the Bongo Youth Parliament is willing to support the security agencies to seize the motorbikes of such perpetrators. We, therefore, call on the immigration officers in the Bongo District to be vigilant and extend surveillance to all the unapproved routes.”