Face mask is causing more harm than good in Ghana – Wajan Sumaila

Wajan Sumaila
Wajan Sumaila

A student of Community Medicine at the Anglican University, a former student of College of health Kintampo at the Department of Dental Surgery Assistantship Wajan Sumaila said, the use of face mask is causing more harm than good in Ghana. He has outlined instances where the face mask is gradually damaging the respiratory system of humans unknowingly.

Recently we have been overwhelmed by a pandemic. As a result it became expedient that we follow the directives issued by the president and ministry of health. Among the directives was the usage of face mask. Per my analysis, a lot of problems have been identified with this initiative.
Before we proceed lets under this;

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE CARDIOVSCULAR SYSTEM AND THE LUNGS OR RESPIRATORY SYSTEM

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Our lungs are filled with the oxygen we breath in from the external environment. The only way by which the oxygen gets to the lungs is through the nasal airways or the nose. After the oxygen gets to the lungs, it supplies deoxygenated blood from the heart that gets to the lungs through the pulmonary artery with oxygen so that it can become oxygenated blood and be useful to the system. When we put on face mask this process is limited and as a result , this can lead to severe complications.
The brain depends on only oxygen and glucose to function effectively. If for any reason it did not get oxygen ,problems like dizziness, headache ,seizures and excessive carbon dioxide in blood may be experience.

LETS PRACTICE THESE TO AVOID THE ABOVE COMPLICATIONS.

1 Only put on face mask when going to the public not when at home with family.
2 Put on face mask when you know that you cough or sneezes.

3 Never wear it to sleep.

4 If you are asthmatic do not always put it on but avoid public always.

POOR FACE MASK HYGIENE IN GHANA.

My research in Ghana has revealed that, many people do not wash their face mask on daily basis before using it the next time. This is dangerious. You wear the face mask to trap Coronavirus from entering your nose right? So if you leave your face mask unwashed in your room and your kids play with it don’t you think they can be infected if you mask came in contact with the virus? All your family members can be infected as a result of this. WE CAN AVOID THIS BY WASHING AND IRONING OUR MASK ON DAILY BASIS WHENEVER WE RETURN HOME .

Another problem i realised was poor disposal of unwanted face mask. Lets avoid this. Kids do not think like adults as a result when they see something like that on the floor they play with it .When this happens the outcome will be sad.
It will be good we always burn our unwanted mask or put them in a dust bin to be properly disposed off .
Thank you for your attention. 

Ishmael Wajan

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