The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lieutenant General Obed Boamah Akwa has held separate durbars with Troops, Civilian Employees and their families at the Pentecost International Worship Centre (PIWC), 1 Infantry Battalion and the Junior Rate Mess, Eastern Naval Command in Tema respectively on Thursday, July 16, 2020.
The objective of the durbar was to bring personnel up to speed with the latest developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to urge personnel and their families to adhere to all safety protocols in order to win the fight against the global pandemic.
The CDS disclosed that the alarming rate the Covid-19 virus was spreading and taking lives had necessitated the durbar. He added that it was important to re-educate personnel of the reality of the virus and to avoid its continued spread. He noted that the virus was not a respecter of persons, hence, the need to strictly adhere to the safety protocols outlined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Ghana Health Service (GHS).
He recalled that that when the disease reached the shores of Ghana, he organised a durbar at 1 Infantry Battalion, where he gave an overview of the global pandemic, the mode of transmission and those who are highly susceptible to the disease. He discover that in recent times even children, babies, and persons of all ages who came into contact with infected persons had been infected with the virus.
The Head of the COVID-19 management team and Officer in Charge (OiC) of Public Health Division, 37 Military Hospital, Captain(GN) Edward Owusu Nyarko described Covid-19 as an illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus which was first identified during the outbreak of respiratory tract disease cases in Wuhan City in Hubei province of China. He pointed out that the Covid-19 disease affects people in different ways. According to him, men were the most affected than women, adding that, the virus spread through droplets from saliva and the nostrils when and infected person sneezes or coughs.
He disclosed that the disease had infected over 13,000,000 (thirteen million) people and killed almost 550,000(five hundred and fifty thousand) across the world. The confirmed cases in Ghana as at the time of his briefing stood at 25,252, death cases were 139, new cases 264 and active cases were 3,716.