At the onset of the outbreak of the coronavirus disease in Ghana, the was general anxiety and clamor for personal protective equipment such as hand sanitizers, face mask, face shields, liquid soap and thermometer guns among Ghanaians to protect themselves.
Consequently, traders of these items saw an opportunity to astronomically increase the prices of these PPEs.
Before, a face shield was sold within the price range of GHC 40.00 and GHC 50.00.
However, the prices have fallen sharply as the demand for them has declined.
In the face of these price changes, other Covid – 19 Personal Protective Equipment, such as the face mask has also witnessed a significant decrease in its pricing.
A piece of a surgical face mask which was once sold for at least GHC 5.00 costs not more than GHC 3.00 now.
Madam Ama, who sells face masks in the Central Business District of the capital spoke to UniversNews about these changes in price.
“We use to sell the face mask for GHC 5.00 then it came to GHC 4.00, now it’s as low as GHC 1.00. People are not buying it as before because the COVDI-19 cases have reduced. Some people have even advised us to stop the business because the pandemic has ended. I am actually considering it and switch to selling other things,” she said.
Despite the relative affordability of a face mask, more Ghanaians continue to throw caution to the wind by not adhering to the COVID-19 safety ettiquette.
Story by: Daniel Sackitey | universnewsroom.com