Minister encourages market women to run shift

By Mildred Siabi-Mensah, GNA

Sekondi, March 25, GNA – Ms Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, the Minister
for Tourism, Arts and Culture, has advised market women to start practising
shift system as a key crowd control measure in the wake of the deadly pandemic.

She also encouraged all Market queens to begin selling the
idea among the various groupings of foodstuff sellers, fish mongers to yield
the needed results.

The Minister gave the advice when she launched the Western
Regional public education campaign on the Coronavirus and the distribution of
“Veronica Buckets” and other logistics to various market queens and
transport unions across the Region.

She indicated, for instance, tomatoes sellers could come in
turns and rotate trading throughout the week as “we observe the social

Ms Oteng-Gyasi said social distancing was key in avoiding the
spread of the virus and as such, markets that housed many more people on daily
basis aside transport terminals must be the focus in curbing the spread.

She also advocated self-quarantine 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 Ghanaians to follow the President’s directives to contain

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
fully adhered to.

He said, “We need to avoid any ultimate shutdown of the
country by the President and that is the more reason why 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 were trained and there were
isolation centres created all over the Region.

He also said all seven suspected cases sent for testing had
proven negative, stressing, “There is no cause for alarm in the


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