MARKET TRADERS ADVISED TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING TO CONTROL THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

Story by Carlos Afanou

MARKET TRADERS ADVISED TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING TO CONTROL THE SPREAD OF COVID-19


 The Association of Women in the Media (ASWIM), a non-governmental organization, have advised market women at the Agbogboloshie Market to practice social distancing and good hygiene to reduce the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

At a public education session jointly held by ASWIM, HFFG and Information Service Department (ISD) at the Agbogboloshie Market in Accra, Mrs Mavis Kitcher, the President of AWSIM, said the pandemic was no respecter of persons, hence the need for them to ensure all protocols given by the Ghana Health Services.
She educated that the pandemic spreads very fast and if they turn deaf ears on the good sanitation practices it could claim many lives. Therefore, she urged the market women to embark on regular hand washing and the use of sanitizers.

She continued that if one contracts the virus, they could infect their family with them, hence the need to adhere to good sanitation practices at the market and their respective homes.
She said as and when ASWIM secures more hand sanitizers, the association would make them available to the traders.

Speaking on the same issue, Mr Kofi Effah, Communication Officer of HFFG, said they were elated to have joined ASWIM to embark on the public education on COVID- 19 pandemic.
He disclosed that HFFG has distributed over 3,000 pieces of hand sanitizers to various organizations and social groups countrywide.

Madam Hannah Naa Borkai Addy, Market Queen of Agbogboloshie Market, commended ASWIM, HFFG and ISD for educating them on the pandemic.
Madam Addy pleaded with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA to assist the market to drive all traders to ply their trade in the main market.

She warned that any trader who fails to adhere to social distancing and good sanitation practices would be asked to leave the market.
Nana Oguamena I, leader of the Vegetable Sellers Association at the Agbogboloshie Market, said he would ensure that all protocols initiated to fight the spread fight COVID-19 would strictly be adhered to.

Mr Effah later presented 270 pieces of hand sanitizers to Mrs Kitcher to be presented to Madam Addy to support the fight against COVID-19
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