Mr. Eric Adu, the Acting Ahafo Regional Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has condemned stigmatization and discrimination of people who have recovered from the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19), and advised the public to refrain from the practice.
He said continuous stigmatization of the COVID-19 patients would discourage people who developed symptoms to go for testing and seek medical care, and thwart the government’s efforts in managing the spread of the viral disease.
Mr. Adu said the nation had made significant successes in containing the outbreak of new infections, and Ghanaians ought to appreciate the government’s commitment in fighting the COVID-19 and desist from stigmatizing recovered patients as well.
Speaking at a meeting, organised by the Commission at Bechem in the Tano South Municipality of the region, he lauded the contributions of religious and traditional leaders towards public adherence to safety protocols in the area, and hoped they would contribute further to minimize societal stigma attached to the COVID-19.
The meeting, attended by traditional authorities, religious leaders, civil society actors, health workers, and sections of the public was aimed at sensitizing the populace on the COVID-19, and rally their support towards stemming the spread of the pandemic.
Mr. Adu however, expressed discomfort about the appalling behaviour of some people who adhered to COVID-19 safety protocols only within the church environment and failed to wear their nose masks and observe social distancing after church services.
He appealed to the religious leaders to encourage their members to continuously observe personal hygiene protocols by keeping their surroundings clean at all times.
Mr. Adu prayed that the local council of churches would use their influence to entreat their members to partake in the new voters registration exercise.
He said democracy thrives with active participation of all the citizens, hence the need to deepen awareness about the prevention and management of the COVID-19 to protect people from contracting the disease.
Miss Czarina Enyo Akua Fiawotso, the Tano South Municipal Director of the NCCE said the Commission had intensified COVID-19 education campaign in churches and mosques to prevent the spread of the pandemic in the Municipality.
The Reverend Frimpong Boadu, the Chairman of the Local Council of Churches at Bechem, expressed appreciation to the Commission for its intensified education to make citizens understand new dimensions of the pandemic, and called on the government to adequately resource the NCCE to enable the commission to deliver on its constitutional mandate.