Stop using the microphone to stigmatize COVID-19 victims – MCE to media


The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Tarkwa Nsuaem, Gilbert Asmah has urged media practitioners to stop stigmatizing and discriminating against COVID-19 victims on airwaves.

“The media has a crucial role to play in sharing reliable and up-to-date information about the COVID-19 pandemic and promoting audience understanding of the public health measures that governments are putting in place so if that same platform is used to mock or stigmatized then we are dead as a country…,” he said.

He said most media consumers in the country take hook, line and sinker whatever they hear, read or see in the media so it would inure to the benefit of the country if same medium is used to stigmatize COVID-19 victims.

“A lot of people take advise from the media so if the microphone is used in a demerit manner, its difficult to install it back…,” he added.

Hon. Gilbert Asmah offered this advice when Shot Body Engineering donated four of it’s newly invented Super hand washing machine’ to the government to help combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The MCE further said that although he prefers using hotel as an isolation center to boarding house and hostels but it’s difficult to find one in the Municipality because the owners believes people will start stigmatising the facility after the pandemic is over.

Engineer Albert Arthur owner of an indigenous Ghannian company limited base in Tarkwa invented the short body hand washing machine.

He said although there are a lot of machines in town but ‘we are in competitive advantage because everything on the machine is manual and it’s been controlled by the legs’.

He also stated that the machine has a paddle for liquid soap, water, hand sanitizer and also with a solar panel.

Source: Ghana | | Nana Fynn


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