A Virologist at the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR), Dr. Mrs. Augustina Sylverken has admonished Ghanaians to avert their minds from a possible lifting of the ban on social gatherings by end of May, 2020, MyNewsGh.com reports.
President Akufo-Addo in his ninth address to the country extended the ban on public gathering, including religious activities, festivals and funerals till the end of May.
In his delivery speech, he said “we have no option but to stay the course. So, during this period, there will continue to be a ban on public gatherings such as holding of conferences, workshops, parties, night clubs, drinking spots, festivals, political rallies, religious activities, sporting events. All educational facilities private and public, remain closed.
There is still a ban on funerals, other than private burials with not more than 25 persons. It is noteworthy that the police are arresting and prosecuting persons, irrespective of their status in society who flout these regulations.”
Commenting on the possible roadmap to the lifting of the ban on social gatherings on JoyNews’ ‘PM Express’ Monday [May 11, 2020] monitored by MyNewsGh.com, Dr. Sylverken asserted that the country is not out of the woods yet with regards to community spread of the virus.
She explained that the Ghana Health Service (GHS) is yet to determine daily infection of the virus now that the testing institutions like KCCR and Noguchi have cleared the backlog so it will be wrong for anyone to anticipate the lifting of the ban on social gatherings by the end of May, 2020.
“Evans, I do not want to be a prophetess of doom but I foresee an extension of the ban especially looking at our overall behavior in adhering to the propagated measures to stop the infection and community spread of the virus.
For me, I don’t foresee us going back to our normal lives anytime soon and the Health Minister reinforces this, chances are that the virus will stay with us for a very long time so if we do not adhere to the measures we have been preaching, then I don’t see us returning to our normal routines anytime soon.” The KNUST Lecturer at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Biology told host Evans Mensah.
Dr. Sylverken again in buttressing a point made by Professor Margaret Kweku [Public Health Expert and former Dean of UHAS School of Public Health] on the show expressed that, there seems to be too much information out there but less education.
She advocated that the education must be intensified and spread to the regions and not concentrated mostly on the major cities.
Ghana’s Coronavirus case counts as revealed by President Akufo-Addo currently stands at 5,408 with 24 recorded deaths, 5 persons being critically ill and 514 recoveries.
A total of 160,501 tests have been conducted nationwide so far.