The Metropolitan Chief Executive of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, has appealed to market women and traders to support Assemblies curb the spread of the coronavirus ( COVID -19) in the city.
According to him, since the outbreak of the pandemic last year, hand washing facilities, Personal Protective Equipment ( PPE), among others had been distributed to markets in Accra to protect lives and that without the commitment to adhere to the preventive measures outlined by the President, all efforts would prove futile.
The Mayor of Accra said this on Thursday, 4th February 2021 when he engaged leaders of various markets in the city to deliberate on measures to prevent the spread of the virus in the city.
He disclosed that the Assembly in collaboration with the Police had begun enforcing the COVID -19 protocols and cautioned the traders to adhere accordingly to prevent any arrest.
Mayor Sowah admonished the women to wear their mask at all times while in the market, frequently wash their hands with soap under running water as well as use hand sanitisers and observe social distancing.
" The virus is attacking not only the rich in society but the poor as well and it is for this reason why we must take action to prevent the closure of markets in Accra... The wearing of masks, frequent washing of hands and the use of hand sanitiser have been identified as key in the fight against the virus. That is why the police have been mandated to enforce the directive to the latter," he said.
Chief Executive Officer for the Korle Klottey Municipal Assembly, Adjei Tawiah urged the market women to form task forces to enforce the COVID -19 protocols especially the wearing of nose mask in the markets to complement efforts by the police.
Present at the meeting were District Police Commanders responsible for the Central Business District ( CBD), Coordinating Director of the AMA as well as leaders from the Agbobloshie, Tuesday, Timber, Mokola, 31st December, Adabraka, Osu, Kantamanto, Kwasiadwaso, London and Kaneshie markets.