The Member of Parliament (MP) for Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai Constituency, Mr Kingsley Aboagye Gyedu has advised Ghanaians against stigmatizing COVID-19 infected persons and their families.
He pointed out that stigmatization was preventing families from willingly reporting relatives suspected to have the virus to health authorities for immediate testing and treatment.
He stressed that unnecessary stigmatization was hampering government’s efforts to curb the spread of the virus.
Mr Aboagye-Gyedu made the appeal in Bibiani when he handed over 10,000 of nose masks to the Bibiani Municipal Health Directorate for onwards distribution to the citizens.
The MP who doubles as the Western North Regional Minister tasked the media to prioritize education on stigmatization to enable people get a better understanding of the disease and by ready for testing to know their status.
Mr Aboagye-Gyedu called on the people to strictly comply with the preventive protocols.
Dr Francis Takyi, the Municipal Health Director upon receiving the items thanked the Minister and the MCE for Bibiani Mr Alfred Amoah for their collaborative efforts and pledged fair distribution of the nose masks to serve the purpose of which they were donated.
He urged the community members to inculcate the attitude of regular hands washing with soap under running water, wearing of nose masks and maintain social distancing to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic.