Dr Akoto-Ampaw has urged the media to demystify the myth that blacks are immune to the coronavirus.
He said there was no scientific proof to that effect and so the media should champion that education to create awareness for people to take the precautionary measures seriously.
According to Dr Akoto-Ampaw who is the Eastern Regional Chair of the Ghana medical association, people were not being cautious of the disease due to that myth that the virus could not stand the heat in Ghana.
He said the coronavirus was real and appealed to the media to use their medium to educate the populace on the need to adhere to the protocols.
He indicated that the taking of vitamin C and other immune boosters were good but the social distancing protocol, staying home as well as wearing face masks are the surest way to prevent its spread.
Dr Akoto-Ampaw made this known at a day’s COVID-19 orientation for journalists in the region organised by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) and the Information Service Department in Koforidua.
Mrs Bridgette Anim, Eastern Regional Health promotion officer said even though the region had recorded one case so far, the precautionary measures must be adhered to strictly.
She said samples had been taken from the Afcon construction at Kpone where an Indian tested positive and the results would be ready soon.
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She said the situation at the markets in Koforidua was very worrying as the social distancing protocol was not observed and called on the media to intensify its education.
Mr Maxwell Kudekor, Eastern Regional Chairman to the GJA called on the media especially the radio stations to be circumspect in their utterances on the radio.
He described an instance where a radio presenter in one of the local stations in Koforidua claimed that a pastor had found a cure for the coronavirus as unethical and unprofessional.
Later, a civil servant, Nana Domena Antwi-Berko presented 50 pieces of locally-made face masks to the GJA in the region to support efforts to stem the spread of the coronavirus.