A report by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has revealed that about 22 out of the 31 million Ghanaians suffered income drops due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic since March 16 this year.
The report, dubbed ‘Brief on COVID-19 Households and Jobs Tracker –
Wave 1 said the drop in incomes affected approximately 77.4% of Ghanaian households.
“With our current population of about 31 million, if 77.4 percent of persons indicated that total household incomes went down since March 16, this implies that about 22 million Ghanaians were affected by the reduction in income as a result of COVID-19,” the GSS indicated.
Presenting the report at a news conference on Thursday, the Government Statistician, Professor Samuel Kobina Annim indicated that the drop caused general public anxiety with 93.1% of households reported to be worried about Covid-19 effects.
The report also said the closure of schools to be among the main disruptions to households, saying that most school children found it difficult accessing the various electronic learning platforms due to lack of access to computers or phones.
“The biggest challenge faced by children for home learning is access to basic tools such as computers or phones; 25.6% for basic school children and 32.7% for SHS children.”
The survey, was conducted with a sample size of 3,265 households across all 16 regions in the country.