Director General of the Ghana Health Service Dr. Patrick Kumah Aboagye, has urged all COVID-19 positive patients and potential patients to avail themselves for containment and treatment, as being positive is not equivalent to a death sentence as people perceive.
“What we want to say is that being COVID-19 positive is not equivalent to death as people perceive and so let us try and work against stigma and encourage people to be tested and avail themselves to be admitted and contained.”
Dr. Aboagye said this while calling against stigmatization at a press briefing organized by the Information Ministry on the COVID-19 update.
He also emphasized on the need to institutionalise and adhere to measures outlined in combatting the virus, noting that the only way the country can prevent further spread of the coronavirus and other infectious diseases.
“Measures such as hand-hygiene, social and physical distancing, wearing of mask and proper sanitation, even without the current restrictions, must be institutionalized and maintained if we are going to contain this disease.
By doing this we will not only contain COVID-19, we prevent diarrheal diseases and other diseases which all are transmitted through the same methodology,” he said.