A group of Ghanaian young women have started to make use of local community radio programmes to spread correct information, eradicating fears by debunking myths and false stories.
Pearl Nikki Quarmyne, who’s based in Ghana’s central region is part of the pan-African Campaign for Female Education Association.
“We invite health workers to come on the radio to talk about the virus. We break it down in local dialects for everybody. We are a network of young women dedicated to reinvesting the benefits of our education into the community,” she said.
Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has ordered an extension on the ban of public gatherings by two more weeks to contain the spread of coronavirus. The directive which came into effect at 01:00 local time on Monday.
The president had, last week lifted a three-week lockdown that had been imposed on various parts of the country. Although schools and borders still remain closed and the president has urged all Muslims to pray at home during the month of Ramadan.
The country has confirmed 1,550 coronavirus cases and 11 deaths. While 155 patients have recovered from Covid-19.
8,000 officers have been ordered by the Ghanaian Police Administration to self-quarantine after enforcing the partial lockdown imposed on some areas of the country.
“The prime object of the Police is for the Police officers to be well before we can carry out our duties. So for Accra, Kumasi, Tema, and Kumasi, we are looking at not less than 8,000 officers to self-quarantine.
The Police Hospital has begun taking their samples but the samples are not tested by them but they have a strategy to take their samples. The Police Hospital has its headquarters in Accra but it still has a lot of regional clinics all across the country,” Director of Public Affairs and Ghana Police Service, Supt. Sheila Kessie Abayie-Buckman, told Accra-based Citi FM.