GREATER ACCRA, GHANA, Wednesday March 25, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – The Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) has decided to provide lunch every day for one hundred medical staff working at the three designated health centres managing Coronavirus (COVIC-19) cases in the country.
The health centres are the Greater Accra Regional Hospital (Ridge Hospital) Tema General Hospital, and the Ga East Government Hospital. The intervention by the Church is aimed at supporting Government’s efforts to control and manage the spread of the virus in the country which Ghana has recorded 68 cases and two deaths.
The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, the Rt. Rev Prof. Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante on Tuesday presented the first lunch on behalf of the Church to the medical staff at the Ridge Hospital in Accra. He also presented 30 boxes of Salem Mineral Water produced by the Presbyterian Church of Ghana and 30 cartons of soft drinks to the medical staff.
The items were received by the Greater Accra Regional Director of Health Services, Dr Charity Sarpong during a brief ceremony in Accra. Rt. Rev Prof. J.O.Y Mante said the Church has recognized the invaluable contributions of the medical staff working hard to ensure that the Coronavirus does not spread hence the decision to provide them with lunch to motivate them to continue to work for the nation.
He also said the Presbyterian Church of Ghana which is one of the largest denominations in the country has been following the challenges confronting the nation in the wake of the Corona virus pandemic. The Moderator urged all and sundry to adhere to the recommended safety measures put in place by the Ghana Health Service and other health experts.
The Greater Accra Regional Director of Health Services, Dr Charity Sarpong thanked the PCG for the timely gesture and said it would go a long way to motivate the health workers. She also assured the Church that they would continue to work hard to ensure that the virus does not spread and those who have already contracted the virus would also be well managed so as to recover.
She urged other institutions and organizations to come and support in diverse ways to make the fight against the spread of the virus successful.
The Moderator was accompanied by the Clerk of General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rev Dr. Godwin Nii Noi Odonkor, the Clergy, Director at the Head Office of the Church, and some church members.
31 Patients Of Corona Virus Get Discharged
GREATER ACCRA, GHANA, Tuesday, March 31, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Finally some good news in Ghana. According to Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, 31 patients who were confirmed positive of the Corona Virus have now tested negative after treatments and have been discharged.
Thirty-one out of the 152 persons who were receiving treatment after contracting COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus have recovered, the Health Minister, Kweku Agyeman-Manu has disclosed. He added that they will still be isolated and monitored for some weeks.
This brings the total number of people who have recovered from the disease in Ghana to 33. Five persons have, however, died after contracting the COVID-19.
Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ghana stands at 152 with five deaths as of March 30, 2020. We hope and pray for more positive news.
Disregard ‘Fake’ UNICEF COVID-19 Messages From Celebrities – Social Media Users Advised
ACCRA, GHANA, March 30th, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has appealed to social media users to disregard information being posted on the novel Coronav!rus by some celebrities including Kalybos, Zynnell Zuh and Jessica Larny with the UNICEF logo.
According to the United Nations Agency, the said information is false and not from UNICEF.
Confirming this to NewsGhana, a Communications Manager from UNICEF indicated that the information is not from the organization, neither is it factual or correct.
Meanwhile UNICEF, according to its Communications Manager never requested or contracted anyone to share such “erroneous posts”.
“UNICEF certainly did not request these people sharing it to post on their profiles. UNICEF did not request anyone to share these erroneous posts. They are not accurate,” it said.
The fake notice with a UNICEF logo dated March 4, 2020, has been circulating on social media in different countries and with these celebrities sharing it to their followers.
Per those “erroneous posts”, these celebrities claim avoiding ice cream and other cold foods can help prevent the onset of the disease.
But according to UNICEF, “the information is of course, wholly untrue. The other frivolous claims, which have been refuted by scientists worldwide, are that any mask prevents its entry because the coronav!rus is a large cell and that drinking hot water and sun exposure will kill the virus.”
Information on UNICEF website, however, explained that “Sharing inaccurate information and attempting to imbue it without authority is dangerous and wrong”.
It is believed that the combined number of followers who may have viewed the said post on Instagram or Facebook accounts is around 2.5 million people.
In Ghana, however social media personalities are therefore urged to remove any mention of the “fake UNICEF notice” and ensure that any information disseminated comes from an official website (www.unicef.org/ghana) and verified sources.
UNICEF, therefore, averred that in this period of panic and confusions, social media followers should also seek formal guidance on COV!D-19 prevention from more educated and accountable news sources.
The misinformation was noticed on the “Adventures of Kalybos” Facebook stories, Richard Asante’s Instagram stories (under user kalybos1) over the past weekend, Zynell Zuh’s Instagram post on March 22 and in a video post on Jessica Larny’s Instagram account on March 17, 2020.
How To Disinfect And Clean Your Phone To Help Protect You Against Coronav!rus.
Regular hand washing, use of hand sanitizers, practicing social distancing, avoid touching of the face (nose, mouth and eyes) are some of the foremost measures health experts have recommended against getting or spreading Coronav!rus.
While it is one thing to stop touching your face, it is another thing to stop touching your phone to keep germs out of your fingertips.
Phones are considered “high-touch” surfaces by the America Center for Disease Control Nd Prevention and it has the potential of becoming a carrier of the Coronav!rus.
Phones also spend better part of the day in our hands and we press them up against our face multiple times a day.
How Do You Clean Your Phone?
To begin with, wipe your phone with a product that has 70 percent ethanol or isopropyl alcohol, both Apple and Samsung have recommended.
Make sure to wipe the front and back of your phone gently without too much pressure.
Many people use phone case or cover, make sure to clean them as well using alcohol-based wipes.
What You Should Not Do?
Do not dip your phone into any alcohol-based solution/substance.
Avoid using bleach or aerosol sprays to try to clean your phone. It can affect the function of the phone.
Also avoid passing your phones to people. In situations you want them to look at a photo a something on your phone, forward it to them via Whatsapp or any appropriate channel.
Why should you take these measures serious?
A study in 2017 found high level of bacterial contamination on 27 phones owned by teenagers. The study hypothesized that phones “may play a role in the spread of infectious agents in the community.”
Source: Ghana Web
Mask On: Future Provides Masks For Medical Workers And Patients Affected By COV!D-19.
As the coronav!rus pandemic gets worse week by week, hospitals across the country are experiencing shortages of medical supplies. Healthcare workers have been pleading for the government to do something about the shortages, but they have largely gone unheard. Companies and small businesses have started to address the shortage of supplies by producing masks and other materials. Now, Future is one of those doing their part too.
On Friday, the Atlanta bred rapper’s nonprofit organization, Freewishes, launched the #MaskOn campaign. The non-profit has teamed up with Atlanta Sewing Style, a community of over 500 sewers and designers, to “create, cut, sew and deliver the much-needed masks” to healthcare workers and patients affected by the virus.
Future’s mom, Stephanie Jester, said in a statement posted on the Freewishes website, that “There is so much that needs to be done during this crisis and if everyone can step up in some way, we can all get through this together as we serve our community.”
The rapper’s sister, and Freewishes co-founder, Tia Wilburn-Anderson, added that “I think that our healthcare professionals are the heroes in this situation and they are risking their lives for everyone, so it is our responsibility to help protect them.” “It is important to my brother, Future and I that we are of service to our community, especially during this pandemic and throughout the year. This is why our family created the foundation”
Freewishes is currently accepting donations on their website
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