Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and Korle Klottey Municipal Assembly (KoKMA) have met leaders of markets within the Metropolis on deliberations on how to curb the new coronavirus variants.
Interacting with the market queens and leaders the Mayor of Accra Hon. Nii Adjei Sowah said SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has had a major impact on human health and economy globally; infecting a large number of people; causing severe illnesses and associated long-term health sequelae; resulting in death and excess mortality, especially among older and vulnerable populations as well as market arenas due to the number of people who troops there for business especially women and children.
According to the Mayor of Accra, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and Korle Klottey Municipal Assembly (KoKMA) will collaborate to put in place measures to contain the spread of the new variant transmission within the various markets under their jurisdiction.
On his part, Hon. Nii Adjei Tawiah reiterated the need for the public to adhere to the safety protocols since COVID-19 is surging.
He advised market leaders and the general public to use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when engaging their trading practices.
He tasked them to adopt the habit of frequent hand-washing, especially after direct contact with traders or customers within the market,
Hon. Nii Adjei Tawiah took them through the basic safety protocols and best hygienic practices after coughing and sneezing and try as much as possible to always wear masks where appropriate, ensure good ventilation where possible and avoid crowded screen.
He averted their minds to the new law mandating the public on compulsory use of face mask during this period.
Together, Nii Adjei Sowah and Nii Adjei Tawiah advised traders who on many occasions refused to wear their face masks and not strictly adhere to all the other safety protocols to do so.
Market leaders expressed their willingness to corporate with city authorities in order to curb the spread and also will adhere to the safety protocols.