The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) and the Ghana Chapter of the West African College of Surgeons has expressed displeasure in the increasing use of face shields without masks as protection against the coronavirus, as that could lead to increased cases of COVID-19.
The association describes it as a very dangerous trend that must be discontinued by the general public with immediate effect.
This was contained in statement signed the President of the GMA and First Vice-President and Country Representative of Ghana Chapter of West African College of Surgeons, Prof. Peter Donkor.
According to them, face shields only protect against splashes thus it should be added to a mask, that way, it will serve as protection against airborne spread of the virus.
“The uses of face shields protect against splashes, and may be added to a mask. Face shields should not be used as a replacement for masks in protecting one against COVID-19”, the stressed.
The GMA and the West African College of Surgeons emphasized on the need for the general public to wear masks at all times, and called for the enforcement of the no-mask no-entry policy.
“The no-mask no-entry policy should be rigorously enforced. A face shield is not a mask. The use of face shields without a mask should not be encouraged and must be stopped”, they reiterated.
They said reports about a decrease in blood oxygen concentration and the buildup of carbon dioxide being an effect when one uses a mask, should not be paid attention to, since medical doctors especially surgeons have not witnessed such hence the need for the general public to disregard such social media report.
The group therefore urged the general public to continue the use and wearing of face and masks as that would ensure the protection of the individual against the coronavirus.
By Agnes Melissa Yovo | Talksafrica.com