The Deputy Country Director of SEND – Ghana, Dr. Emmanuel Ayisah has urged government to institute a financial trust as part of the money generated to the National COVID-19 Trust Fund to tackle unexpected pandemic in the country.

According to him the pandemic have affected the working life of people and have impacted negatively on the socio-economic systems of the country and the world at large.

He however advocate for interventions and initiatives in line with future pandemic and explained that “it is against this background that SEND-Ghana in partnership with its development partners have embarked on series of studies of how the pandemic have affected people and businesses in the wake of the COVID-19 and measures to put up by government to address the challenges.

Dr. Emmanuel Ayifah made the call at a forum to make known the findings of a research on COVID-19 response in the country primarily on transparency and accountability.

He pointed out that the pandemic and its related policies and interventions must be scaled up to address the pandemic in the future and urged government to intensify the sensitisation on COVID-19 as well as the continuous vaccination.

For his part the Programmes Officer at SEND-Ghana, Dr. Isaac Nyarko Kwakye enumerated challenges such as the compulsory wearing of face masks, non-compliance of social distancing as part of the findings and recommendations presented at the forum.

“86.7 percent applied the protocols on the COVID-19 as a result of the periodic national address by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo”, he said and again stated that 92.5 percent said the use of hand sanitizers, washing of hands under running water still be in force as well as social distancing.

Throwing more light on the research report, it came to the fore that government must put in swift measures to enforce the protocols to curb the virus from spreading and must ensure that huge investments be made in E-health infrastructure as well as Telehealth to support virtual healthcare delivery in every health facilities across the country.

“Government must enforce the wearing of face masks, hand wash under running water, usage of hand sanitizer, social distancing as part of the protocols to curb the virus from spreading”, he recommended.

Source: Ben Laryea

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