Stakeholders in Navrongo have embarked on public education on COVID-19 to create awareness of the disease among the citizenry.
The move is aimed at helping communities and individuals in the Kassena Nankana Municipality to understand the situation of the pandemic and adhere to the precautionary measures put in place by the health authorities.
The stakeholders included the Kassena Nanakana Municipal Assembly, the Municipal health Management Team, the NCCE, Sound Mind Foundation’, which is taking care of the mentally ill on the streets and parliamentary aspirants.
Participants were taken through proper hand washing, social distancing and the need to use alcohol based hand sanitizers among others.
The education was mainly done through public announcements on the main market and the lorry station with health personnel demonstrating the proper way of hand washing and how to use a hand sanitizer.
The local FM radio stations are also being used to disseminate the information.
The Assembly also distributed Veronica buckets, soap and hand sanitizers, to be stationed at vantage points in the market, the lorry station and other busy places in the Municipality.
In an interview with the GNA, the market women thanked the stakeholders for the education and the sanitary items.
Madam Kadi Atogeba who sells vegetables said she understood that regular hand washing could decrease the spread of the virus and it was something she would keep practicing with her family.
She was also happy that she could have access to sanitary facilities at the market while going on with her trade.
Madam Akose Wedam, also a trader said she was happy with the awareness creation and appealed to her colleague women to pay attention anytime the van went around to educate the public.
She expressed worry over the high cost of hand sanitizers in the market and appealed to the sellers to reduce the prices to enable many people to afford it.
She advised parents to ensure the safety of their children during the pandemic period by making them stay at home and also practice good hygiene.
Mr Thomas Awiah, a second hand clothe seller who also spoke to the GNA said COVID-19 was a reality and no one was safe, “people say it is in Accra and Kumasi so we are safe but I want them to know that it started in China, far away from Ghana and in no time, it has gotten to Accra, so no one is safe”.
Mr Kaba, a dress maker was also of the view that the government still needed to put in more measures to curb the situation. “I think they have to control the movement of cars between the north and the south.
There is still active movement of people from the south to the North and I think it should be stopped as one of the measures to control the spread of the virus”
Mr Jacob Agusika, a health promotion officer at the Municipal Health Directorate, said it was good that people were getting to understand the need to observe the preventive measures.
He said the Directorate was looking for resources to help them continue with the public sensitization and appealed to the chiefs and opinion leaders in the area to support the directorate by replicating the awareness in their communities.