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Religious Institutions not adhering to Covid Protocols – GHS

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has disclosed that less than 50% of churches are not sanitizing their microphones and instruments which are shared during church service.

Dr. Patrick Kuma Aboagye at a press briefing stated that a study conducted by the service said the over 38 churches visited showed that less than 50% of them sanitized their microphone and other instruments which are used by multiple persons.

He further disclosed that the wearing of a nose mask has declined significantly amongst pastors and choir groups.

“Whereas church members were wearing their face masks, their pastors and choir groups are not wearing,” Dr. Kuma-Aboagye indicated.

The percentage of pastors not wearing face masks he noted is 93% whereas that of choir groups is 63%.

The GHS Director General also disclosed the spread is now stable but the cases the country is recording were still high hence the need for Ghanaians to adhere to the safety protocols.

Still on Covid: The National Council of Zongo Chiefs has called on the Office of the National Chief Imam to enforce strict observance of COVID-19 safety protocols in Mosques to control the spread of the virus.

In a statement, Chief Ishak Sulleman Naaba Sigirie (I), General Secretary, Zongo Council of Chiefs, said the Council, having deliberated upon the sudden surge in active cases of COVID 19 in the country and its impact on the Zongo Community, underscored the need for some measures to be taken to save Muslim communities.

It said observance of the protocols remained key to reducing infections and appealed to the Office of National Chief Imam to ensure that there were Veronica buckets, soap and water available at the entrance of every Mosque.

“There must be mandatory wearing of nose masks in the Mosques. Anyone who enters without one has to be ejected from the premises for the safety of all and strict observance of social distance in Masjids,” the statement said.

It called for reorientation of Imams and officials of all Mosques on COVID-19 to help fight the pandemic and stated the readiness of the Council to work with the Office of the National Chief Imam.

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