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Upper West ISD educates Information Officers on COVID-19

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Thursday 26th March, 2020

By
Philip Tengzu, GNAWa (UW/R), March 26,
GNA – Information Officers and Communicators in the Upper West Region have been
educated on the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) to build their capacity to enable
them help educate the public on the deadly disease.

They were charged to
sensitise the public to know the causes, symptoms and prevention of the
COVID-19 as well as to emphasis the need for the people to report to the health
facilities anytime they experienced those symptoms.

The symptoms
included: fever, running nose, cough; sore throat, breathing difficulties and
possible headache.

Mr Mustapha Sinto
Nuhu, the Upper West Regional Director of the Information Service Department
(ISD), who took the officers through the training, implored them to encourage
the people to isolate themselves when they are experiencing those symptoms in
order to prevent the possible spread of the virus.

He stressed the need
for the public to desist from using alcoholic beverages as substitute for
alcohol-based hand sanitizers in the fight against the COVID-19 as that was not
effective to protect them from the disease.

He entreated the
information officers and the communicators to stress on the need for the public
to practice proper hand washing with soap as it was the most effective way of
protecting themselves against the virus.

Mr Nuhu indicated
that the virus could also be transferred through money and paper handling, and
urged the public to inculcate the habit of using hand sanitizers on regular
basis in the absence of hand washing facilities.

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He urged the
officers to educate the public to cover their nose and mouth with their folded
elbow anytime they sneezed or coughed as well as to observe social distancing
of at least one meter to help curb the spread of the COVID-19.

The participants
raised concern about their safety and protection from contracting the deadly
Coronavirus as they went on the field to educate the public on it.

GNA

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