The Council of State in a meeting with President Nana Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House suggested that the government should consider the free distribution of face masks to all Ghanaians as it will help greatly in the fight against the spread of coronavirus in the country.
President Akufo-Addo in a televised national broadcast last Sunday advised Ghanaians to wear face masks as a measure to prevent contracting COVID-19.
“I want to encourage you to wear a mask wherever you go, as it will help you not to contract the virus, and keep it clean… If you own a business or are providing a service, i.e. a barber, a hairdresser, a tailor, a taxi driver, a trotro driver and his ‘mate’, a shop keeper, a food seller, please do well to use a mask,” the president advised.
The Chairman of the Council of State, Nana Otuo Siribuo II said the government must consider the free distribution of face masks to all Ghanaians to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
“The fact that all Council of State members are donning face masks is an indication that the wearing of face masks have become part of the regime of prevention. We have to accept that this would also mitigate the spread of COVID-19. As much as we appreciate the integrity and the good intentions of the trustees of the COVID-19 Trust Fund, if we could suggest having the face masks sewn in millions so that every Ghanaian could have the benefit of the face mask, and wear it,” he said.
The World Health Organisation has recommended the use of face masks, especially in public.