Ghanaian Markets to be Provided Water Storage Tanks
All Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) have been directed by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) to provide poly tanks for all markets to provide constant water flow for hand washing during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Nana Adjei Boateng, gave this directive at a durbar in Koforidua which was held to educate market queens and leaders on government’s measures to contain the Covid-19.
The MLGRD at the durbar provided 100 complete hand washing sets, 100 bundles of tissue paper, and 100 packs of soaps and sanitizers to all the MMDAs to be distributed to markets and public spaces.
According to Mr. Boateng, the Ministry is deliberating on regulating market days across the country to minimize congestion as a way of controlling the spread of the virus and appealed to the market leaders and queens to support the initiative.
The Eastern Regional Minister, Eric Kwakye-Dafuor, who chaired the durbar, said congestion of markets in Ghana made it difficult to put stringent measures in place in times like these, however government is leaving nothing to chance this time.
Minister of Communications, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, who was at the durbar and led the government delegation, pleaded with the people to co-operate with government and follow the directives given.
“Don’t think of your profits alone and ignore the directives on the markets,” she said, and appealed to traders to be “compassionate and desist from the exorbitant increase in prices, especially hand sanitizers, which was a disincentive to people in adhering to the precautionary measures.”
Mrs. Bridget Anim, the Regional Health Promotion Officer, made known that all 12 suspected cases in the Region tested negative, however, three people were being quarantined. She further urged the public to keep their distance and demonstrated how to wash their hands properly.
Dr Cardinal Newton, the Acting Medical Director of the Eastern Regional Hospital, said the Hospital had increased its hand sanitizer production ever since the disease broke in Ghana to ensure people and health facilities had access to good ones.
He also said the facility had created an isolation ward and had measures in place to contain the disease and urged the public adhere to the precautionary measures and be calm.
Health experts demonstrated proper hand washing and sanitizing methods and presented safety equipment including hand gloves, nose masks, veronica buckets, soaps, and tissue paper to the market queens.
Why this move by the ministry?
Hand-washing with soap and water is a far more powerful weapon against germs than many of us realize.
This year’s pandemic outbreak of coronavirus has currently infected over 400,000 people worldwide and noted to be encased in a lipid envelope– basically, a layer of fat. Thus, Soap can break that fat apart and make the virus unable to infect you.
The second thing the soap does is mechanical. It makes skin slippery so that with enough rubbing, we can pry germs off and rinse them away.