Ms. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, has urged traders in the market to start practicing shift system as a key measure of crowd control in the wake of the CONVID-19 pandemic.
She also encouraged all Market queens to begin selling the idea among the various groupings of foodstuff sellers, fish mongers for the needed results.
The Minister gave the advice when she launched the Western Regional public education campaign on the Coronavirus as well as the distribution of “Veronica Buckets” and other accessories to various market queens and transport unions across the Region.
The Minister indicated that “For instance, Tomatoes sellers can come in turns and rotate trading throughout the week as we observe the social distancing”.
Ms Oteng-Gyasi is of the belief that social distancing was key in avoiding the spread of the virus and as such, markets that housed many more people on a daily basis aside the transport terminals, must be the focus in curbing the spread.
She also advocated self-quarantining, adding, “Stay home if you have no business in the market or town, there is no need for window shopping in this critical times”.
Mr. Kobby Okyere Darko-Mensah, the Western Regional Minister, called on all Ghanaians to carefully observe the directives given by the President in containing the Coronavirus.
He said Parliament had given that sole right to the President to place a mandatory ban on all Ghanaians should the situation escalate and therefore stressed the need to abide by all the directives.
Mr. Darko-Mensah said there was also no need for fear and panic among the populace once all the health steps and general directives were correctly adhered to.
The Regional Minister said, “We need to avoid any ultimate shutdown of the country by the President and that is the more reason we need to undergo all these serious preparations…this is more than a world cup”.
He encouraged all and sundry to help spread the message of hope to all to avoid fear and panic.
The market women and the various transport unions pledged their commitment in containing the spread of the disease.
Dr. Kofi Asamening-Mensah, the Deputy Director of Public Health in the Western Region, said officers have been trained and that there were isolation centres created all over the Region in preparedness.
He added that all the seven suspected cases sent for testing have proven negative, adding, “There is no cause for alarm in the Region”.