Ghana risks a second wave of COVID-19 if the public continues to loosen precautionary measures.
The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has warned that a second wave of the pandemic can be more terrible than the first if people do not keep to the safety protocols.
The Director of the Health Promotion Division of the GHS and Leader of the Risk Communication for COVID-19 National Task Force, Dr Dacosta Aboagye, said the posture of the public was causing a gradual rise in active cases, and that if care was not taken, the nation would see a major rise soon.
Active cases of the disease had risen from 309 to 589 within the last few weeks, with the number of deaths standing at 320.
“This recent increase is attributed to non-compliance with the safety protocols by Ghanaians and the low perception that the infection is gone,” he said.
Dr Aboagye asked the political parties to organise their activities in a way that will not draw back the progress made in the fight against the disease.
He said mass gatherings at political events, without recourse to the safety protocols, especially the wearing of face masks by attendees, were a recipe for new infections.
“People have thrown caution to the wind and are no longer wearing face masks; people are not washing their hands or sanitizing as they should and this is dangerous for us as a country,” he said.
He cautioned that although Ghana was doing well in the fight against the COVID-19, it was not out of the woods yet.
That, he said, required that efforts be sustained on the safety protocols, such as hand-washing, hand sanitizing and wearing of face masks.