The Garu District office of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has engaged traditional authorities and identifiable groups in the Upper East Region on preventive measures for the COVID-19 Delta Variant. The sensitization aims to deepen public awareness of COVID-19 preventive measures and Government directives in response to the resurgence of the pandemic.

The sensitization targeted the Kugri-Duuri Chief and elders, Kugri-Natinga Chief and elders, Senebga community Savings and Loans group, CAMFED beneficiaries, Kugri-Duuri youth group, and Bugwia community youth group.

The Principal Civic Education Officer (PCEO) in-Charge of the Garu District office, Mr. Samuel Atando Akolgo explained that the COVID-19 Delta Variant is more contagious and far deadlier than other strains. He revealed that more people are dying daily from the Delta Variant and encouraged community members to debunk others still claiming that the disease is a hoax or is limited to the cities because COVID-19 is no respecter of anyone.

Mr. Akolgo reminded participants that the wearing of face masks is mandatory and it is an offence to be out in public without one. The sanctions for non-compliance as stated in E.I. 164 under the Imposition of Restrictions Act, 2020 (Act 1012) is a fine of not less than 1,000 penalty units (Gh¢12,000.00) and not more than 5,000 penalty units (GH¢60,000.00) or incarceration between four to ten years or to both.

He added that besides wearing their face masks which should properly cover the nose through to the chin, community members should socially distance themselves when in public settings, wash hands with soap under running water, and use an alcohol-based hand sanitise frequently especially after touching objects and door handles.

Mr. Akolgo said the NCCE is passionately appealing to every Ghanaian to as a matter of urgency take personal responsibility to safeguard themselves and others by adhering to the COVID-19 preventive measures.

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