Covid-19: National Commission of Culture Begins Nationwide Awareness Campaign In Ashanti
Ghana's Covid-19 positive cases so far are floating on the figures of 56,981, with 55,236 recoveries and 341 deaths.
The National Commission of Culture in Collaboration with COVID-19 Trust Fund have begun a nationwide awareness campaign of the novel pandemic, coronavirus (Covid-19) in Ashanti region.
The rationale behind the step is to create responsiveness of the existence of the pandemic via various cultures in the country and sensitize them on mechanisms to minimize its spread.
The campaign dubbed, "Covid-19 Nationwide Awareness Campaign ( Mask Up; Covid-19 Down)" commenced yesterday at Tafo in the Old Tafo Municipal of Ashanti Region.
The event was marked by authorities of Kumasi, Center for National Culture (CNC), some executives of Covid-19 Trust Fund and Residents of Tafo.
Speaking at the event Mr Barima Asumadu Sakyi, Director of Kumasi Center for National Culture (Kumasi Cultural Centre) stated that government of Ghana has given the various Cultural Centers in the country the mandate to create public awareness through various Cultures, especially "in our local dialects rather than any foreign language (English) via drama, singing and dancing in order for people to understand the existence of Covid-19 and the dangers associated if the protocols are not observed".
The Kumasi CNC Director admitted the existence of the plague and warned the public to quash the perception that Covid-19 is not real.
He, however, advised the people of Ashanti, Ghanaians as a whole to adhere to protocols of Covid-19 (wearing of nose mask, regular hand washing, social distancing) in order to stop the spread of the disease.
"Covid-19 is real; you must put on your nose mask, wash your hands frequently and observe social distancing and this will stop the spread of the disease", he stated in an interview with the press.
Mr Barima Asumadu Sakyi declared that the Kumasi CNC and Covid-19 Trust Fund look forward to extending the campaign to Bantama, Sofo-line, Obuasi among other communities or districts in Ashanti region.
Other CNCs in the regions of the country are also embarking on a similar campaign to fight against the deadly disease.
"People are not adhering to the Covid-19 protocols anymore, therefore, Ghana's cases are fast-rising again so President Akufo-Addo is considering another lockdown”, Mr Barima Asumadu Sakyi revealed to Soireenews.com.
Joseph Marfo/ Ashanti Regional Correspondent