Savanna Opticals Center, a private firm in Tamale, has commenced a public outreach to communities on ways to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. The company, as part of its contribution towards the fight against the disease, has been educating the less privileged ones in the communities who cannot read.
Optometrist Dr. Daniel Opoku-Gyamfi, CEO of Savanna Opticals, in an interview with the B&FT noted that the organisation, after some observation noted that most persons from the rural communities around the metropolis that visit the health facilities do not have enough knowledge of the disease.
He also advocated the need to disinfect the various health facilities across the country to also help safeguard the frontline workers in the case management of COVID-19.
According to him, this can help reduce the infestation in the country because the health facilities are prone to the risk due to the number of patients recorded and also the number of people that have been visiting the facilities daily.
He noted that most of the cases being recorded in the hospitals could be reducing if the places are disinfected. He encouraged the need to also improve the services of all health institutions in Ghana during these unprecedented circumstances.
“Aside the community sensitization, we have been using the media to reach out to all bodies encouraging them to desist from touching the eye, nose and mouth,” he said.
He also admonished the persons with eye defects not to rush to the health facility but use the line allocated and when it is serious, the health practitioner would direct them to the nearest health facility for treatment.
He appealed to individual organisation to help intensify the education at the rural areas where most of them could easily be infested due lack of certain amenities in the areas to help fight the disease.