The former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), Professor Fred Newton Binka, has called for strict compliance of the government’s compulsory nose mask wearing directive.
According to the Epidemiologist, given the increasing rate of confirmed cases of the coronavirus infections, especially in the Greater Accra Region, the ‘No Mask, No Entry’ directive of the government must be strictly enforced.
Professor Binka indicated that since there is no current vaccine for the virus, the importance of the compulsory wearing of nose mask cannot be overemphasized noting that “it is the only tool that we have today to stop the virus.”
Speaking on TV3’s Key Points on Saturday, June 13, 2020, the renowned epidemiologist urged the government to marshal every available resource to ensure Ghanaians comply with the “No Mask No Entry” directive even if it will require the use of the security agencies.
The former Vice-Chancellor insisted that the wearing of face masks must be made mandatory “even if we have to add the army to the police to enforce it”.
“This is how the virus operates. It takes us into a sense of security. We have pushed the economic issues and if it takes over, there is nothing we can do,” Professor Binka explained.
He said by the current number, the country may be having an estimated 25,000 infections in the system.
The number of deaths within that same period has been six.
Though no reason has been given for the increasing numbers, Prof Binka said the situation should be a major worry to all Ghanaians, especially as new infections involve health workers.