Government has directed all needy persons or persons who find themselves in need of assistance to contact their local authorities to be captured in the data of vulnerable persons.
The data will inform the government, particularly, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection of the need to urgently attend to them and ensure their needs are catered for.
According to Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, though government has factored in Kayaayei and the homeless, it has also made room for people who genuinely will need some form of assistance during the lockdown.
He noted, “I think that if there are really really people in a tough spot, they can let the local authorities know…”
“What we will quickly ask some of these people to do is to let the local Assemblyman or Unit Committee member be aware so that the local assembly can have the aggregate of information at the assembly that says that as we did this quick audit we found out that there are an extra 100 people who are not Kayaayei etc but another 100 or 150 people within our Assembly who may require some help. And then, they working with the Ministry of Local Government and the Ministry of Gender and Social Protection can come to terms on how to assist these persons within this one week” Kojo Oppong Nkrumah explained.
Last week, the Gender, Children and Social Protection Ministry disclosed that it had identified about 1, 500 Kayaayei made up of predominantly women, and a few men, whom they house and feed during the period of lockdown.
Addressing the press the Minister, Cynthia Morrison divulged that, “Some of them have rented apartments but some also live on the streets. For those without a place of abode, we currently have 15,000 that we are going to cater for.”
“There is going to be food, water and we have corporate bodies cooking for them,” the Minister added in her address at the Meet-the-Press session.
The lockdown was imposed by government to halt the spread of the virus and enable health professionals to conduct enhanced surveillance and testing.
Close to 20, 000 people were traced and tested within the first week of the lockdown, President Akufo-Addo told the nation in his 5th address to update the citizenry on the country’s fight against the virus.
The President also mentioned that the results of some 15, 000 persons are expected within this week and it will inform the government’s next line of action.
The confirmed cases of COVID-19 have shot up from 214 to 287.
The number of mortalities remains 5, with about 49 persons recovered but pending final confirmation tests.
The rest are receiving treatment.
The government, in addition to the lockdown, has also implemented directives such as imposing a ban on social gatherings and closure of all educational institutions.