The fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) does not only require the right healthcare and social intervention policies; it also requires the dissemination of credible information. Misinformation about the pandemic is as deadly as the virus itself. “Our common enemy is COVID-19, but our enemy is also an “infodemic” of misinformation,” the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr Antonio Guterres, rightly stated.
Last Saturday, the timely intervention of the police averted what could have generated into an unpleasant scene at the Airport branch of the City Escape Hotel, where some members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) had assembled to disrupt a meeting of the Electoral Commission (EC).
The World Health Organisation (WHO’s) publication: Advice on the use of masks in the context of COVID-19, states that the wearing of a medical mask is one of the preventive measures that can limit the spread of certain viral diseases, including COVID-19.
When the Town and Country Planning Department was established in 1945 with the mandate to plan and manage the growth and development of cities, towns and villages in the country, the expectation was that the department would become a unique, technically capable and proactive entity capable of contributing effectively to the rational development of sustainable human settlements.
All over the world, people are dying in their hundreds. The clock is ticking and desperation has set in. The COVID-19 pandemic is getting worse, bringing many nations, mostly the so-called mighty, to their knees.
Currently, all universities, senior and junior high schools, as well primary schools and kindergartens both public and private, have been closed down, effective Monday, March 16, 2020, with even Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) candidates who were initially asked to continue to attend school being dispatched home as part of enhanced measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The world now faces an existential threat, and in this very trying moment of the COVID-19 scare, one critical way for all to stay safe and alive is to avoid non-essential contacts or simply stay at home.
The 19-kilometre Accra-Tema Motorway, which became operational in 1965 to provide easy and convenient access to the various communities and towns in the country, has currently become a stretch for all sorts of ill activities, major among them being the dumping of refuse on the highway, the indiscriminate siting of wooden and block structures, lack of lighting on the highway and robbery.
COVID-19, the virus whose spread is beginning to shake the foundations of even the mightiest countries across the world, is also beginning to test the resilience of our faith and the extent of our care and true love for one another as citizens of a country.