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Psychologist kicks against displaying corpses to raise coronavirus awareness

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Wed, 20 May 2020 Source: www.ghanaweb.com

A Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Emmanuel Asampong has condemned Second Deputy Speaker, Alban Bagbin’s call for the display of dead bodies to prove that coronavirus is real.

In a Citifmonline report, he described as ethically inappropriate people’s call to adopt such a measure as it could breed chaos.

“There are a number of ethical issues here. As a people, do we want to expose people like that? Our cultural sensitives will really frown on something like that. I really can understand the frustration that is associated with his speech but I think to a large extent people will not accept something like that. People will not even want to watch the dead body of someone they do not know. It could trigger all sorts of problems for people,” he argued.

Instead, Dr Asampong believes that engagement of stakeholders to create awareness of the disease must be intensified.

“The society we find ourselves in have groups of people whom we can refer to as stakeholders and these stakeholders definitely have stakes in whatever is going on. Among these stakeholders are people who wield power and people who wield influence. How well have we involved these people in this whole exercise?”

“In the market, for example, there are market queens. And I do know that all the items you can find on the market have queens. These are personalities who wield some influence over their members so the question is how well we involve these people. So for me, I think if the stakeholders are being engaged well, we should make some progress,” he stated

Background

Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin has called for the display of dead bodies of persons who died from coronavirus to indeed prove that the disease is real.

“The important thing is that the people we are leading, they want to see. In fact, I want to see on Television some evidence of death because when you state that this number of people are dead but they are not seeing anything like that [it will not give them the shock of their life]. I believe in shock therapy. We need shock therapy to wake them up from slumber and make them know COVID-19 is real,” Mr. Bagbin stated.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com
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