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82% of Ghanaians do not wear face mask- GHS

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The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has said that 82% of Ghanaians in the Greater Accra Region in a recent survey do not wear the face mask hence the rise of active cases of COVID-19 in October.

This was made known by the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kumah-Aboagye at a press conference in Accra today, November 25, 2020.

He said over 90% of people in six major markets in the region do not wear face masks.

Dr. Kumah-Aboagye said “The cases early increased in October because the wearing of the masks reduced in terms of all the protocols. Workplace issues were challenging, so we had to intervene to ensure that things are done. We did a survey last week and it was just a marginal increase because 82 percent of people are still not wearing the masks. Seven percent are wearing and 11 percent are not wearing the masks accurately. So that is a far cry from the 42 percent that we had a couple of months ago.”

According to the survey, head porters popularly known as Kayayei, who were doing well previously now has 96% of them not wearing face masks.

Rather, buyers are complying compared to the previous months although 66 percent of them are not wearing masks.

Dr. Kumah-Aboagye also noted some measures that have been put in place to prevent to spread of COVID-19.

“There has been a lot of interventions and currently, we have deployed about 25 vehicles to assist in contact tracing, 15 of them are in Greater Accra, the rest have been sent to the other regions to enhance our activities. We have also started an assessment of the infirmaries of school health systems in anticipation of the reopening of schools in January. We are also conducting a lab-quality assurance exercise to ensure that standards are maintained for accurate results.” he added.

Source: Ghana Waves

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