AMA To Run Shift In Market Places To Avoid Spread Of COVID-19

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly is considering running a shift in various markets within the Metropolis as part of measures to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

The consideration by the assembly follows the recent spike in Ghana’s COVID-19 cases and death count.

Public Relations Officer of the AMA, Gilbert Ankrah, said the Assembly will be meeting all key stakeholders to discuss plans to curtail COVID-19.

“The mayor will be meeting some stakeholders to put in some measures. Recently we relocated bulk tomato dealers within the Central Business District. So when they bring the tomato in bulk, they will be packed at different locations and do the distribution. During the COVID-19 and as part of the measures we moved them to the hearts park, and they complied”,  he said, as quoted by Citinewsroom.

In 2020, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly distributed personal protective equipment to markets and launched a #WearYourMask campaign to enhance awareness of COVID-19 safety protocols.

In 2020, the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development undertook a nationwide disinfection exercise including markets, schools, etc and continued in 2021 as schools reopened.

Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies were advised to develop satellite markets and design shift systems to enforce the COVID-19 protocols.

There has been a spike in Ghana’s COVID-19 case in recent weeks.

Currently, the country has recorded 2,174 active cases while 358 persons have died in the process, according to data from the Ghana Health Service.

Earlier in the week, the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) revealed that four of its members have died from COVID-19 and others are battling for their lives since the beginning of 2021.

President of the Association, Perpetual Ofori Ampofo, disclosed that several other members have contracted the disease.

She noted that many health practitioners have contracted COVID-19 due to the lack of adherence to safety protocols.

Madam Ampofo, therefore, urged the government to equip frontline health workers with the necessary PPEs.

The death toll has increased to four with the recent one occurring in the Kasenna Nankana District where a number of the nurses have been infected. It is a great worry,” she said, as quoted by Citinewsroom.

“Even from December 2020, we saw a rise in the cases among nurses and midwives. It is important to follow COVID-19 protocols.”

“The reinstitution of the protocols at the facility is very important and will go a long way to protect health workers. PPEs are very important. We need it. Managers have to see to it that they do stock up these items, so we can have enough to use.”

Meanwhile, the AMA has launched a #WearYourMask campaign in a bid to create awareness and encourage adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols.

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