The Government says it has provided 5,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to be distributed to frontline media workers to help keep them safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Frontline media workers are considered to be at high risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus when carrying out their duties during this pandemic.
According to the Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the decision to provide PPE to frontline media staff follows the request by leaders of media associations during their meeting with the president at the Jubilee House last Tuesday.
“The government of Ghana, acting through the Ministries of Health and Information has availed PPE to be distributed to frontline media workers to assist their work. We have made available as from today, approximately 5,000 pieces of PPE. The package will be delivered to the aforementioned groups, i.e., GJA, PRIMPAG, NMC and the leadership of state media, for onward distribution to those they consider as frontline media workers since they are best placed to identify them. The government is hopeful that this will augment your supplies and assist you to rise to this national call at this moment,” he said at a press briefing on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Journalist Association has petitioned the president to consider journalists in the disbursement of the stimulus package announced for businesses.
According to GJA President, Affail Monney, a number of media organizations and journalists are facing serious challenges due to the pressures induced by the outbreak on their organizations.
The Chairman of the National Media Commission (NMC), Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafoh at that engagement also called for media personnel to be protected from the harsh impact of the coronavirus.
Government Congratulates Media practitioners
As the world celebrated Press Freedom Day on May 3, 2020, the government congratulated all journalists in Ghana for the good work done.
A statement issued by the Information Minister said the government celebrates the significant role the Press is playing in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
He added that the Akufo-Addo administration has been working closely with the Media and other stakeholders in disseminating information and educating the public as part of the broader COVID-19 government response.