Over the past two weeks, after Ghana recorded the very first case of COVID-19 or the Coronavirus pandemic, many personalities including gospel musicians are using their influence, especially on social media to bring hope to many.
Obaapa Christy in a quest to bring hope and restore calmness to the scene, calls for all to desist from any form of stigmatization towards individuals who have come in contact with the virus and have tested positive.
The ‘W’agye Me’ hitmaker was speaking on an interview with Accra 100.5 FM’s Ayeeko Ayeeko show on Monday March 23.
She shares an experience;
“Yesterday, I was listening to Radio and a certain Ghanaian who studies abroad said he visited the hospital to check for COVID-19 since he had just returned from abroad. He went there on his own, a good citizen, he was told that he had the virus but it was not severe so it was treated but can you believe that his sister who sells food is no longer getting customers because people have stopped buying from her due to the stigma? Also, a lady who is a hairdresser and lives in his house, he has not even seen her since he returned to the country but anytime people are going to the lady’s salon, they’re stopped on the way and advised not to go to that salon else they’ll catch the virus.
“It’s time for Ghanaians to be matured about certain things, otherwise even if the person has the virus and he is willing to let people know, he would rather keep it to himself and infect others. When people are in crisis let’s not use it against them.”