‘We will utilise all resources to stem COVID-19 spread’ – Regional Minister

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Mr. Eric Opoku-Bobie, the Ahafo Regional Minister on Monday, said the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) would utilise all available resources to stem the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in the Region.

Though Ahafo Region has not recorded any suspected case of the COVID-19, he emphasised the RCC in collaboration with the Health Directorate had stepped up precautionary measures to control its spread mostly in rural communities.

Mr. Opoku-Bobie said this at Goaso when he presented some items – Veronica buckets, washing bowls, sanitizers, dustbins and medicated soaps to the Municipal/District Assemblies in the Region.

He directed the Assemblies to place the items at public places such as markets and transport terminals to aid hand washing to compliment efforts of the government towards preventing the spread of the COVID-19 in the country.

The Regional Minister emphasized that precautionary measures had been put in place in all the major hospitals and health centres in the Region to contain any suspected case.

Mr. Opoku-Bobie, who is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Asunafo North, said Veronica buckets, sanitizers, washing bowls and soaps had been provided to the St John of God Catholic Hospital at Duayaw-Nkwanta, Goaso Government and Bechem Government Hospitals and the St Elizabeth Catholic Hospital at Hwidiem.

He commended President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his quick response in helping to contain the COVID-19 spread in the country and advised Ghanaians to strictly adhere to the Presidential directives and advice from health experts to protect themselves.

Mrs. Freda Prempeh, the Deputy Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, indicated that transport terminals, market places, barbering and hairdressing saloons and health facilities were very sensitive places.

She therefore called on transport unions, barbers, dressmakers and market women to step up precautionary measures in their places of work to control the spread of the COVID-19.

Mrs. Prempeh who is the MP for Tano North Constituency also appealed to parents to take the responsibility and teach their children on proper hand washing with water and soap.

She said though children had strong immune systems, they were also vulnerable, and advised parents to restrict their movements as well.

Mr. Benjamin Sekyere, the MP for Tano South and the Deputy Ahafo Regional Minister, called on Ghanaians to shun people who tried to politicize the COVID-19.

He said transmission and infection of the COVID-19 had no social and political barriers, and urged Ghanaians to compliment efforts by the government to curtail the spread of the disease by complying with all directives.

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