Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has advised Ghanaians to limit handshakes as a preventive measure to the spread of the Covid-19 infection.
This follows a disclosure by authorities from the Ghana Health Service that Ghana has recorded it’s 30th suspected case of the infection which has so far killed more than 3,056 globally.
According to Dr Badu Sarkodie, the Director of Public Health at the Ghana Health Service, all 30 cases have however tested negative to the respiratory illness which originated from China.
Addressing Chiefs and residents of Suhum at the Centenary Anniversary of the Presbyterian cluster of schools, the Vice President admitted the need for Ghanaians to pay critical attention to the mode of spread of the virus.
The World Health Organization has said that the disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales.
“This infection is largely spread through contact and so many countries are taking measures and Ghana cannot be oblivious. Government is taking measures and the ministry of health has announced various measures that have been put in place to try to deal with the virus should we have to deal with it in Ghana. I think we really need to up our game across the length and breadth of the country but we will require a lot of changes in the way we do things in Ghana and across other countries, we have to be very careful
“We will have to start thinking of even how frequently we shake hands with each other across the country because it is a risk that we have to be conscious of. It is difficult to change that attitude but I think that we all have to put our heads together and start thinking of changing some of these things, let us take this virus very seriously, let us wash our hands regularly”, he stated.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Health Service has dispelled rumours that a resident of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region has died from the coronavirus infection.
According to Dr Badu Sarkodie, an autopsy run on the body before it was deposited in the morgue showed no symptom of the novel coronavirus as was widely speculated and reported.
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