A North East Regional Health Director has called on the general public, especially those within the NorthEast region, to maintain personal and social hygiene in order to curb the further spread of COVID - 19. Dr. Abdulai Abukari noted that latest statistics involving the disease show Ghana was battling a third wave and urged the continuous use of face masks, regular hand wash with soap, use of alcohol - based sanitisers and maintenance of social distancing as tested measures to mitigate the spread.
His call came during a stakeholder meeting held today in Nalerigu to discuss matters related to the roll out of this year's Seasonal Malaria Chemotherapy, a World Health Organisation recommended measure which the Ghana Health Service has adopted to fight Malaria among children with the administering of a full malaria treatment course during peak seasons. This year’s exercise targets nearly 130,000 children who will be given full treatment doses of Sulfadoxine-Pyrimethamine (SP) Plus Amodiaquine (AQ). Dr Abdulai Abukari has therefore appealed to the stakeholders to support health volunteers in their various localities to ensure a successful implementation of Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention.
On Coronavirus, the Health Director said the Ghana Health Service has deployed some strategies in order to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infections and its spread during the exercise. He identified those strategies as Regularly cleaning or disinfecting of tools and materials, Maintaining a distance of at least 2 metres between a volunteer and patient, Regular hand washing with soap or use hand sanitizers and the wearing of Nose Masks at all times.
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