Ghana Medical Association is alarmed about the upsurge in Covid-19 cases with Christmas fast approaching.
The association cautions that if the trend is not checked it will put pressure on Ghana’s weak health system as it also poses danger to the health of the entire citizenry.
It is particularly worried about mass gatherings at events and celebrations to mark the Christmas and New Year festivities, causing a growing infection within the populace.
“Ghanaians are therefore entreated to visit health facilities to get tested if they have any headaches, extreme fatigue, fever and other flu-like symptoms and as much as possible desist from self-motivation, especially for unproven malaria,” the statement jointly signed by President Dr, Frank Serebour and General Secretary Dr. Titus Beyuo on Wednesday, December 22 said.
The GMA is reiterating calls to the government to restrict social activities such as funerals, parties and weddings ahead of the Yuletide.
“Failure to do this may have dire consequences for all of us come the year 2022.”
Also, the association is calling for “an urgent scale-up of Covid-19 Testing and Contact Tracing for all positive cases as well as strict isolation and management of all infected persons to help break the chain of transmission”.
“The Ministry of Health/Ghana Health Service and the National Commission for Civic Education should re-launch and intensify Covid-19 education.”
It finally entreated all persons to take their personal safety into their own hands by adhering strictly to the protocols.