COVID-19: UGMS Students Spread the Word on Accra’s Streets


As the world grapples with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, public sensitization on the outbreak has been identified as key to winning an increasingly difficult fight. 

In developing countries like Ghana, where literacy levels aren’t so high, that challenge is even greater, hence the need to go the extra mile in reaching the masses with relevant information on adhering to appropriate preventive guidelines.

Armed with such knowledge, students of the University of Ghana Medical School (UGMS) took to some principal areas of Accra — the nation’s capital — on Thursday, March 19, to disseminate educational messages regarding COVID-19, even as the disease tightens its grip on Ghana.

On the streets that lead to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital from the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, the students hoisted placards of varying sizes that bore messages of hope as well as catchphrases highlighting the set of approved precautionary measures and efforts against the global tide of COVID-19.

There was also a personal touch to the campaign, as the trainee doctors — in various Ghanaian languages — engaged commuters in a bid to demystify myths and correct misconceptions regarding COVID-19. 

“We believe that our firm resolve as a country in upholding the highest levels of precaution in unison would be intensified through such a campaign,” says Eric Tetteh Ayertey, a volunteer medical student who organized the march. “Hopefully, there is more that could be done in the coming days.”

Within a week of recording its first cases, Ghana is already on double figures, including some that have been transmitted locally.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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