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The Positive Impact of COVID-19 from a Ghanaian Perspective

The number of COVID-19 cases in Ghana keep rising with deep intensity, the magnitude is staggering. On March 12, 2020 the Ghana Health Service recorded two (2) confirmed cases of COVID-19, with the patients being Ghanaians who travelled into the country from Norway and Turkey respectively. In a month later, Ghana now has five hundred and sixty six (566) confirmed cases, four (4) recoveries, and eight (8) deaths; according to the Health Service.

The rate of infection sends a signal which is specifically clear, does it mean more work needs to be done to speed up the process, in order to curb the spread or the measures are suppose to be deepened and tightened enough to avoid spread? As a matter of fact, the government has been showing solidarity ever since then, with openness and flexibility in aiding the progress of the affected, the poor and the vulnerable.

Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo

In his 4th address to the nation, President Akufo-Addo made a famous statement which to a great deal, resonated with Ghanaians everywhere. He said, “we know how to bring the economy back to life. What we do not know is how to bring people back to life”. Which means that saving a life amid the Coronavirus outbreak is of utmost importance. Now, it’s our prerogative as citizens to be abiding and stick to the process so as to follow through with the preventive measures and ultimately avoid the spread.

Washing hands, using alcohol based sanitizers, wearing face masks, practicing social distancing, staying at home and the rest don’t cost that much, compared to the risk of becoming affected unknowingly because a person who’s exposed carries it without showing symptoms.

However, the positive (affect) legacy of COVID-19, can’t be underrated; most of us are being cultured to be responsible people and ofcourse good citizens of a hospitable African country, where safety matters are of great interest. In the end, when COVID-19 is done away with time, we would have noticed that, in spite of the challenge, it had created a certain level of impact on us.

Obviously, the propensity to experience life related challenges with a sense of positivity is a core business of us all, it’s up to us, all depends on us. Everyone is susceptible to be negative, in the face of adversity, because of uneventful outcomes and uncertain moments that associate with such things. Worse situations we have with this infectious disease (global pandemic) can easily cause fear and panic, but the facts are real, that’s still a choice to be made either we would allow the situation to get into us negatively or choose to highlight and emphasize on the best features or impact that COVID-19 has had on us. See the images below!

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