The Australian Ambassador to Ghana Gregory Andrews has advised Ghanaians to strictly adhere to the COVID 19 protocols to help contain the spread of the viral disease.
He made the appeal after embarking on an exercise at Chorkor in the Greater Accra Region to distribute free facemasks in the area.
Gregory Andrews also used the opportunity to educate the masses on proper wearing of the facemask in the area.
He wrote on facebook”I will sleep very well tonight after handing out hundreds of face masks and teaching people to use them safely with the help of my team and friends from BASICS International today in Chokor. I know Australians will be happy too.”
He added “They will be pleased that the taxes they have paid and entrusted to the Australian Government are making a difference and saving lives here in West Africa. #MaskUp not down Ghana! We can beat COVID-19 together.”
Improvement in face mask wearing
The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has commended the public for wearing their nose masks in the open after its latest survey reveals an increase of 42%.
The director-general of GHS, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, told journalists on Tuesday (2 February) in Accra that this is a remarkable improvement in their previous survey in October last year which saw only 10% of the public wearing nose masks.
The survey also reveals the number of people not wearing the mask correctly has decreased from 72 to 36%.
“So, the good news is that about 42% of our people are now wearing masks appropriately, 36% were not wearing it at all, with about 22% not wearing masks at all and 26% were not wearing it correctly,” Dr Kuma-Aboagye said.
He added: “So, if you add, we are looking at about almost 80% of people who have intention to wear, those who are not wearing properly, is still an intention to wear, so we are seeing an upsurge in the use of masks and we hope it will continue.”
Ayawaso West tops all
According to the survey, Ayawaso West District registered the highest proportion of people who were wearing the mask correctly at 57% while Ga West District registered the lowest proportion of people who were wearing the masks correctly at about 29.1%
The survey revealed that the proportion of people who were correctly wearing the face masks were slightly higher among males than females.
However, the survey said the proportion of people who were correctly wearing face masks among children were slightly higher than adults.
The top three communities that had the highest proportion of people wearing face masks correctly were University of Ghana main entrance (Okponglo), University of Ghana main entrance and GCB Towers all in the Greater Accra Region.
Meanwhile, Nima Market, Glife Lorry Park and Osu Market entrance have been identified as the top three areas where people are not complying with the wearing of masks in the Greater Accra Region.