The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lt Gen Obed Boamah Akwa has held separate durbars with troops, civilian employees and their families at the Air Force Base, Accra and the Arakan Methodist Presbyterian church respectively on Tuesday 07 July 2020.
The durbar was to discuss the current situation of COVID-19, and to urge troops and their families to do what was right in order to win the fight against the global pandemic which was on the surge.
CDS disclosed that it became necessary to hold the durbar following the alarming rate at which the virus was spreading and taking lives of people, irrespective of their social standing.
He said the disease, was not a respecter of persons hence the need to adhere strictly to the safety protocols outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ghana Health Service (GHS) in order to curb the spread and possibly eradicate it.
He said when the disease reached the shores of Ghana, he organized a similar durbar at the Burma Hall, where he gave an overview of the global pandemic, the figures Ghana had recorded the mode of transmission which were from droplets of infected persons and contaminated surfaces, those who were highly susceptible to the disease as well as the basic preventive measures. Adding that literature available at the time indicated that the disease which affected the aged and those with underlining health conditions now affect babies, children and persons of all ages who come into contact with infected persons.
A Doctor at the Public Health Department, 37 Military Hospital, Dr Philip Nyinaku described COVID-19 as an illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus, which was first identified during an outbreak of respiratory disease cases in Wuhan City in the Hubei Province, China.
COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Most infected people develop mild to moderate illness and recover. According to him, the virus spreads through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes as well as through surfaces contaminated with the virus.
He outlined measures to be adopted in order to protect oneself and others by knowing the facts about the disease as well as taking appropriate precautions.
Dr Nyinaku debunked the myth surrounding the disease and advised that to prevent the spread, the safety protocols outlined by the WHO and the GHS must be observed at all times.