Ghana misses out in Facebook's COVID-19 Information Center exercise
Nana Appiah Acquaye
Africa's second leading country with high numbers of reported cases of Coronavirus , Ghana has been left out in Facebook's Coronavirus Information Center exercise announced recently.
The West African nation which is currently battling with the deadly Coronavirus pandemic, and trailing closely behind lead country South Africa with a staggering Six Hundred and Thirty Six (636) reported cases, y failed to catch the attention of Facebook hence couldn't feature in the list of 17 Sub Sahara African countries to benefit from the expansion of it's Coronavirus Information Center.
This means that the over 4 million Ghanaian Facebook users will not have the same opportunity like users in the other 17 African countries including Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, EthiopiaGabon, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal, Seychelles, The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Togo to opt in to follow the center to get notification of timely updates in their News Feed from official government health authorities.
According to an official release from Facebook, the Information Centers already launched in South Africa form part of Facebook’s effort to help the global fight against COVID-19 by providing people with the latest news, and information from trusted health authorities as well as resources and tips to stay healthy and support their family and community.
"The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Center is featured at the top of News Feed, that provides a central place for people to keep informed about the Coronavirus. It includes real-time updates from national health authorities and global organisations such as the World Health Organization, as well as helpful articles, videos and posts about social distancing and preventing the spread of COVID-19", the statement said.