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President Akufo-Addo Calls For Truthful & Accurate Covid-19 Media Reportage

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PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO CALLS FOR TRUTHFUL & ACCURATE COVID-19 MEDIA REPORTAGE

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has admonished all media practitioners in the country to continue to ensure that their reportage on the Coronavirus pandemic is truthful and accurate.

Describing the media as “a formidable ally”, President Akufo-Addo noted that the media has so far been helpful in the informing and educating the citizenry about the pandemic, and the steps that have to be taken to combat it, as well as discharging their roles as ‘vehicles of accountability’.

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However, “one thing that is important is that, as much as possible, there should be accuracy in what you convey. That is critical.”

The President made this known on Friday, 24th April, 2020, when he met with the leadership of the National Media Commission, the Ghana Journalists Association, the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association, the Private Newspaper Publishers Association of Ghana, as well as the leadership of State-Owned media organisations on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Whilst acknowledging the existence of different perspectives, different views and conclusions, he stated that “the truth, the accuracy of what is relayed is very, very critical, especially in an emergency of this nature where the slightest misinformation or inaccuracy or misinterpretation can lead to a lot of grief and difficulty.”

He continued, “It is important that the facts be accurate because, if they aren’t, they generate an amount of uncertainty and fear in the society that is not helpful for the management of this crisis.”

Speaking on behalf of the media, the Chairperson of the National Media Commission, and responding to the President, Mr. Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafoh told the President that, since the onset of the pandemic in Ghana, the NMC issued a statement that was both admonishing and appealing.

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“What we said was that this is not time for anybody to crack jokes. This is not time for anybody to produce fake news. Particularly, it is not time for those of us in the mainstream media to pick any social media content that comes across, because one of the fundamental things that we the media need to understand is the fact that you do not put out any information whose source you cannot verify and confirm, whose veracity you cannot acknowledge,” he said.

This practice, he stressed, will only endanger the lives of the citizenry, and will be inimical to the development of the country.

“Other people can make jokes of our situation, but, if there should be any jokes, it should not come from the media, because we have a responsibility not only to ourselves but to the people of this country. We are the only ones who do not go to the people for their mandate,” the NMC boss added.

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He continued, “Please, let us take our responsibility serious, and let us give faith to those who have reposed their trust in us, even though they cannot vote us in or out. Let them continue to keep faith with us and understand that we will always do what is right. When the time demands, we will never fail them.”

 

source: The Presidency 

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Volta, Bono, and Bono East regions are the hotspots for COVID-19 Delta variant – Ghana Health Service

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New hotspots for Coronavirus infections, particularly the Delta variant, are emerging in the Volta, Bono, and Bono East regions.

Traditional hotspots such as Greater Accra and Ashanti remain.

According to the Ghana Health Service (GHS), the Volta Region, which had 16 active cases on July 1, now had 532 cases as of August 1, while the Bono Region’s figures increased from eight to 200 and Bono East’s from three to 178.

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During the Covid-19 update in Accra on Wednesday, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), told the media that the Delta variant was liable for 79 percent of all Covid-19 cases within the Greater Accra Region.

He claimed that the Delta variant, which had a higher transmission rate and a more severe disease burden, was becoming dominant, and that stricter enforcement of the safety protocols was needed to stop the virus from spreading further.

According to him, the situation has resulted in an increase in workplace and school infections, with active cases jumping from 1,600 to over 6,000 in less than a month.

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As of August 1, 2021, there were 6,766 active cases with 854 deaths.

“The current trend of cases with low adherence to Covid-19 safety protocols raises the likelihood of a bigger third wave.”

“With an increase in severe and critical cases, the average number of cases per day is likely to rise. Because the outbreak has the potential to have a negative impact on all sectors, aggressive efforts to reverse the trend are required, according to Dr. Kuma-Aboagye.

There are now 272 hospital admissions in the Greater Accra Region, with 36 critical cases, 87 severe cases, and 107 mild to moderate cases.

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Non-wearing of nose masks, disregard for the social distancing rule, and non-observance of regular hand hygiene, according to Dr. Kuma-Aboagye, were the driving forces behind the increase in infections, while 98 percent of the population had not been vaccinated, exposing more people to the virus.

He said that 404 schools had reported positive cases of the virus, with a complete of two ,864 positive cases and 304 active cases.

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