COVID-19: Local Government Ministry distributes free hand sanitizers, victoria buckets to market women

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The Ministry of Local Government has begun a nationwide disinfecting exercise in various markets across the country by providing free sanitary equipment to help in the compliance of President Akufo-Addo’s directives on enhanced personal hygiene.

The Ministry, in collaboration with Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies has distributed a total of 20 veronica buckets each to all major markets in Accra, while the remaining markets are getting 10 and 5 depending on their size.

In addition, dustbins, liquid soaps, tissue towels, hand sanitizers as well as nose masks, have all been provided to all markets and an additional set of one hundred(100) nose masks have been made available to district assemblies to compliment the already distributed ones.

Speaking at a brief ceremony held at the forecourt of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly headquarters, Hajia Alima Mahama, the sector Minister indicated that some female opinion leaders in each market and queen mothers have been appointed to serve as sensitization officers amongst market women amid the outbreak of COVID-19.

According to her, the equipment have been procured from the District Assemblies Common Fund and is in response to President Akufo-Addo’s instruction to the Ministry to ensure proper sanitation practices across all markets throughout the country.

“Today we are going to focus on representatives of the market women and other important stakeholders like queen mothers and key persons in the system. We have procured some equipment, as you all recall the President in his announcement on the pandemic gives specific directions to the local government ministry, we are to collaborate with our Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives and the Assemblies to ensure hygiene and proper sanitation practice in our markets throughout the country

“We’ve already given out some instructions to the District assemblies to set up some committees as well as establish some sensitization team. You recall in the press briefing on Wednesday, I mentioned all the actions we’ve taken, now some districts have already started working in the markets aimed at providing certain facilities to ensure the proper sanitation in support for the assembly. The Ministry of local government, leveraging on resources from our District Assembly Common Fund have decided to act and we have procured these sort of equipment,” she said.

The Minister urged the selected market women to intensify their education on the coronavirus spread and help protect all Ghanaians on the killer disease.

As part of measures to increase the public sensitization on the COVID-19 infection, the Transport Ministry has also directed that drivers should from today play advertisement on the coronavirus instead of their usual music or radio programs.

Again, they are to disinfect their vehicles after every trip to ensure that passengers who are patronising their services do not end up contracting the virus through transportation.

Ghana’s coronavirus cases have risen to 16, up from the 11 cases recorded yesterday, March 19, 2020.

Out of the 5 new cases, three are local infections with no travel history, while one is said to have had no contact with infected persons.

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