The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has advised Ghanaians to ensure that they maintain the progress made so far in the fight against the COVID-19 virus.
The GHS Director-General, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboakye, in a statement cautioned Ghanaians to get vaccinated. He further urged the public to also ensure that we sustain the gains made” by adhering to “Covid-19 protocols at all times”.
“Easter is usually characterised by visiting family, friends and loved ones. And it’s also a major source of spread of the virus. If possible, such meetings should be avoided but if you must, wear your nose mask and observe all the safety protocols stated above”.
Religious bodies and media tasked to educate Ghanaians
Additionally, GHS admonished the public to act responsibly during the Easter festivities because “Ghana has seen a significant decline in active cases of Covid-19 in the last few weeks”.
He further averred that the Service is optimistic that Easter celebration would not be an avenue for a spike in our active cases.
The Service further urged the media to use their platform “to educate the general public on the need to adhere to these protocols; as we all worked towards avoiding the surge in Covid-19 cases”.
NCCE urges public compliance
The National Commission for Civic Education has equally cautioned Ghanaians to strictly adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols during the Easter festivities.
According to the Commission, this will help offset the spread of the virus. Furthermore, it tasked religious bodies and the media to help ensure compliance of Covid-19 protocols.
“With the knowledge of the new normal amidst COVID-19; NCCE entreats Ghanaians not to let their guard down during the Easter festivities.
“In this regard, we appeal to the leadership of religious organisations… of the above activities to help ensure strict compliance.”
It also called on the Ghana Police Service to strictly enforce all laws. This is in a bid “to avoid the upsurge the country encountered after the 2020 Christmas celebrations”.
The Commission also urged drivers to exercise restraint on the roads to avert road accidents during the celebrations.
“The frightening record of road carnage during festive occasions is alarming. The NCCE is concerned about these needless Road Traffic accidents leading to deaths, trauma and destruction; and appeals to Ghanaians, especially drivers and commuters to exercise restraint on the roads; to prevent accidents and observe road safety guidelines.”
Dr. Bawumia extends Easter wishes to Ghanaians
Meanwhile, Vice President Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia has appealed to Ghanaians to use the Easter festival to reflect on the Christ-like trait of personal sacrifice. He made the call in his Easter message to Christians on his social media handles.
“As Christians across the world commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Samira and I wish all a happy Easter”.
“While we reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ to humanity and await his return to save the world, the occasion should also reawaken our passion to play a part in Ghana’s development and growth”
Dr. Bawumia reiterated the call on adhering to the COVID-19 health measures and pleaded with Ghanaians to celebrate the occasion with care.
“Let’s stay safe and continue to observe COVID-19 protocols during the celebration.”