The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) has presented a variety of sanitary items to 43 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the Ashanti Region.
They included 45,000 pieces of facial masks, 4,500 ‘Veronica’ buckets, 4,500 cartons each of soap and tissue, as well as plastic buckets and hand sanitizers.
Mr. Augustine Collins Ntim, Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, who presented the items at a ceremony in Kumasi, said the items were meant to enhance the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) disease.
Ghana had so far recorded 24 confirmed cases of the disease, with one death.
Mr. Ntim indicated that the presentation aimed at resourcing the MMDAs with the requisite kits to assist in curbing the transmission of the disease at the local levels.
It was in line with the National Disinfection Exercise, rolled out by the Ministry, to keep the environment hygienic in the wake of the threats posed by the deadly COVID-19.
Mr Ntim, who is also the Member of Parliament for Offinso North, called on the MMDAs and the citizenry to strive to comply with the Ghana Health Services’ protocol and guidelines on the prevention and control of the disease, to minimize its effects on the people.
Mr. Simon Osei-Mensah, Ashanti Regional Minister, who received the items, said the fight against the pandemic was a collective responsibility, hence, the need for all and sundry to take precautions against the disease.
Madam Patricia Appiagyei, Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, urged the public to observe social distancing in their own interest.