“In addition to healthcare and laboratory use of face shields, promotion of community intervention through wearing of face shields in combination with nose masks at schools, market places, churches, mosques and funeral gatherings should be encouraged for dealing holistically with the Covid-19 pandemic in Ghana”.
A statement made by Dr. Francis Hasford, project team leader, in an interview as he stressed the importance of face shields for Ghana’s fight against Covid-19.
Adding, he indicated that personal protective equipment such as face shields and nose masks have become highly important in the fight against Covid-19.
“Face shields offer several advantages and a great need for the containment of Covid-19”, he elaborated.
He explained that Coronavirus disease 2019, otherwise called Covid-19, is a highly infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. The disease has ravaged the entire globe and most people who fall sick with COVID-19 experience mild to moderate symptoms of fever, fatigue, dry cough, myalgia and dyspnea.
“Older people and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and cancer, however, have high tendencies to develop serious to critical illnesses, of which fatalities are very common” he warned.
He indicated that with calls for identification of home grown solutions such as local production of cost-effective personal protective equipment to aid in the fight of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Medical Radiation Physics Centre (MRPC) of the Radiological and Medical Sciences Research Institute (RAMSRI), of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, has successfully undertaken a project to produce face shields for staff of GAEC, health workers and the general public.
Finally, he opined that face shields are comfortable to wear, protect the pathways of viral entry, and reduce the potential of the wearer from touching their face.
“They can be reused indefinitely and are easily cleaned with soap and water. People wearing face shields do not have to remove them to communicate with others. The use of a face shield is a reminder to maintain social distancing and allows visibility of facial expressions and lip movements for speech perception”, he stressed.
On her part, Prof. Mary Boadu, Director of RAMSRI, appealed for funding and logistical support from Government and stakeholders to position Ghanaian scientists to produce research outcomes that can solve our local needs.
“One positive thing about Covid-19 pandemic is that we are being forced to innovate and produce locally, and to consume Made-in-Ghana products. Given the necessary support and funding, scientists in Ghana can address numerous challenges that the country has had to seek solutions to from overseas”, she concluded.
By: Corporate Affairs, GAEC