A scene during the donation
As part of the government’s efforts at curbing
the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in the country, the
Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, with support from Zoomlion
Ghana Ltd, has donated some items to be distributed to all markets in the Upper
The items included Veronica buckets, hand
sanitizers, tissues, liquid soap, nose masks, hand gloves and dustbins.
The ministry expects leaders of the beneficiary
markets in the region to position them at vantage points for use by the traders
and other persons who visit the market frequently.
The Upper East Regional Minister, Tangoba Abayage,
who did a symbolic handover to some chief executives, said the items should be
made available to the leaders of the markets and also get the public to start
using them as soon as possible.
According to the regional minister, the gestures
by government and Zoomlion Ghana Ltd are in line with experts’ recommendations
and measures taken to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
She warned the market women against the
temptation of keeping the items at home, adding every Ghanaian must show
commitment to the measures put in place by government to end the spread in the
At the handover ceremony, some of the market
women were taken through basic hand washing techniques and are expected to
transfer the knowledge to other women in their respective markets.
The Upper East Regional Director of the Ghana
Health Service, Dr. Winfred Ofosu, admonished the market women to take
precautionary measures by frequently washing their hands, maintaining personal
hygiene and practising the recommended social distancing.
The market women promised to do everything
possible to support government efforts at curbing the spread.
FROM: Ebo Bruce-Quansah, Bolgatanga