A study conducted by the Christian Health Association of Ghana has revealed that cases of diarrhea dropped drastically in 2020 due to observance of COVID-19 preventive protocols in the country.
According to the Deputy Executive Director of the Association, Dr. James Duah, diarrhea cases have been significantly low since March 2020, citing hand hygiene as one major factor for the improvement.
“It is instructing to know that throughout 2020, in all the facilities that we did assessment, there was no reported case of cholera,” he said.
Speaking at a press briefing in Accra on Wednesday, to discuss findings from the study, Dr. Duah highlighted that “the campaign on prevention for Covid, that is, using hand hygiene, masking, social distancing have positive effects on reducing the incidence of infections, including upper respiratory tract infections and diarrhoea diseases.”
Dr. Duah said the wearing of face mask promoted respiratory health and offered the needed protection.
“Now we know how to keep diarrhoea and respiratory tract infections low through the use of facemask and hand hygiene, we need to promote face mask use if we want to keep diarrhoea and respiratory diseases down. However, there is the need to research into the effect of facemask on productivity before institutionalizing it,” he said.
The study was conducted in eighteen (18) rural and semi-rural health facilities of the Association across the country.
The research also noted that Covid-19 did not have any significant negative impact on the number of deliveries conducted in hospitals.
Story by: Erica Adwoa Yeboah Adjei | universnewsroom.com