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Western North: Information officers schooled on COVID-19


Information Officers and Commentators of Information Services Department in the newly created Western North Region have been trained on the dreaded pandemic; COVID-19.
The Officers were taken through various stages of the pandemic such as definition of COVID-19,risk of COVID-19,spread of COVID-19,signs and symptoms of COVID-19.preventive measures and basic facts on COVID-19, contact tracking, preventive interventions, individual, family and community, social distancing, quarantine, isolation, lockdown and amongst others.
In his remarks, the regional director for Information Services Department for Western North, Mr. Charles Nkrumah urged Officers of the department to use innumerable means such as radio, community information centers, mini durbars, street announcements using information vans, social media platforms in educating the general public about the causes and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and measures the government has taken to curtail it.
Mr. Nkrumah talked about Common signs of infection such as fever, cough ,shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
In more severe cases, infection can cause Pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, Death. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness,Spreads from person-to-person through respiratory droplets from the nose or mouth when a person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes or exhales,Coronavirus droplets stay suspended in the air for a short time but can stay viable and contagious on a surface for a few hours,Spreads by touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching mouth, nose, or eyes. Takes approximately 2 to 14 days for an infected person to show symptoms.
Avoid exposure to an infected person and items used by infected persons ,improve personal hygiene and sanitation, Practice consistent hand washing with soap under running water at all critical times, use Alcohol-based hand sanitizers
Practice respiratory hygiene, cough and sneezing etiquettes, Macro level, Quarantine measures, Outdoor restrictions and Vaccine research
Mr. Nkrumah told the Officer, as agents and mouth piece of the government they should go all out to educate the masses despite challenges in getting resources to work effectively.

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