President Nana Akufo-Addo is urging Ghanaians to wear face masks anytime they are in public.
He says that this would reduce the risk at which one contracts or spreads the coronavirus.
“I want to encourage you to wear a mask wherever you go, as it will help you not to contract the virus, and keep it clean. If you own a business, or are providing a service, i.e. a barber, a hairdresser, a tailor, a taxi driver, a trotro driver and his ‘mate’, a shop keeper, a food seller, please do well to use a mask,” the President advised in his seventh address to the nation on Sunday April 19.
The President says that the Health Ministry would soon issue guidelines on face masks for public use.
Meanwhile, following the commencement of the local production of Personal Protective Equipment, Akufo-Addo says health facilities have taken delivery of 14,550 scrubs, 11,900 gowns, 19,980 head covers, 263,281 nose masks, and 13,002 N-95 nose masks.
He says that 41,117 varying sizes of sanitizers have also been produced locally.
Ghana’s latest COVID19 update
The country has confirmed 1,042 cases of the virus with ninety-nine recoveries and nine deaths.
Regardless of that, the President, in his Sunday address, announced the lifting of a three-week partial lockdown of Accra and Kumasi.
The President says that the lifting of the ban does not mean that the country is out of the pandemic, but rather, a demand for more adherence to safety protocols outlined by health officials.
Akufo-Addo has also extended the closure of the country’s borders by two more weeks.
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor | universnewsroom.com