STAR-Ghana trains health workers to simplify Covid-19 message to rural folks

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in Ghana, STAR-Ghana, a civil society organisation, has been training health practitioners on how best to communicate information on the pandemic to rural folks in a language they will all understand.

The training is aimed at simplifying technicalities that come along with information dissemination on the virus.

Speaking in an interview on the Covid-19 360 on TV3 Tuesday, August 18, a member of the Christian Health Center, Dr. James Duah, who happened to be a beneficiary of the training progarmme, stated that the training gave them the opportunity to speak in a language that the people will understand as far the measures to curtail the spread of the virus are concerned.

He further revealed that they were supplied with personal protective equipment (PPEs) to enable them protect themselves against the virus.

He said: “It gave us the opportunity to speak in a language that they understand. It gave us the opportunity to explain the message and terms. When we say social distancing and hand-washing, what does it mean to the ordinary man?

“Again, we also get the opportunity to talk about other important or essential health matters like pregnant women who are not visiting the hospital because of fear and anxiety, we get to address the issues,

“This procedure helps us to address the issues of stigma that characterizes the issues and allows us to also address issues of non-communicable diseases.”

As of Tuesday August 18, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) said the country has recorded nine new Covid-19 deaths, taking the number of deaths relating to the virus to 248.

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The GHS said 340 new cases were recorded in the country, bringing to the total so far to 42,993.

The total recoveries stand at 40,796 whereas the active cases also stand at 1,949.

By Regina Saka||Ghana