The North Dayi District Director for the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) in the Volta Region, Mr. Simon K. Mawuko has called on all churches and mosques in the district to adhere strictly to all the Covid-19 health protocols and guidelines put in place by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Government in respect of all religious gatherings and their related activities.
According to him, this is one of the surest ways of combating the spread of the Coronavirus which has so far devastated a number of lives in the country.
Mr. Mawuko made the call during a one-day Covid-19 sensitization workshop organized by the North Dayi District Assembly (NDDA) in collaboration with the NCCE and District Health Directorate for members of the District Covid-19 Local Churches’ Task Force at the district capital of Anfoega.
The NCCE Director tasked the participants to enforce the ‘No Mask No Entry’, washing of hands with soap under running water, checking of temperature as well as all the social distancing policies and protocols among the populace in order to prevent the spread of the virus.
Mr. Mawuko also urged all churches in the district to take advantage of the provision of the five (5) minutes education on Covid-19 in their itineraries and allow the Commission and its officials to continue to sensitize them in order to combat the Coronavirus pandemic.
On the stigmatization of Covid-19 patients, the NCCE Director noted that the unfortunate practice does not only pose a big threat to the fight against Covid-19 in the district and country as a whole but also put such patients under psychological trauma. Mr. Mawuko therefore urged the Task Force members to encourage the population not to embark on the stigmatization agenda in their conduct, deeds and utterances.
The North Dayi District Director of Health Services (DDHS), Mr Dennis Gbedi part took the participants through the emergence of the novel coronavirus, its symptoms such as rise in temperature, frequent coughing and sneezing, loss of taste as well as ways through which the virus is spread. He encouraged all churches to get a holding room or area to keep any Covid-19 patient before contacting the Health Directorate for prompt response.
Closing the workshop, the District Chief Executive (DCE) for the area, Hon Kudjoh Attah, reminded the participants and the gathering that a lot of consultation was done by government with the appropriate or relevant religious stakeholders and health experts before easing the current restrictions to allow churches and mosques to re-open for their congregants. He warned all participants and religious bodies not to take the guidelines espoused by the Ministry of Religious and Chieftaincy Affairs (MRCA) for granted. According to him, churches and mosques that flout such directives would be sanctioned, explaining, ‘we are not in normal times’.
He pledged his commitment and that of the Assembly to support the religious congregations in the district to implement all the necessary health protocols associated with the virus in their congregations for the ultimate benefit of their members and the larger society.
Hon. Attah asked all the churches and mosques to continue to pray to God and Allah for the complete eradication of the coronavirus from Ghana and the world at large. They should also be guided by the saying in the Bible that, ‘Give to Caeser what belongs to Caeser and to God what is God’s”
Credit: Akukorku Media Consult