The Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA), Abokobi, has so far distributed Seven Thousand, One Hundred (7,100) Face Masks to various Public Places, Institutions and Individuals as it intensifies measures to curb the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the Municipality.
Late in April, 2020, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah, launched the “WEAR A MASK CAMPAIGN” in which the Assembly projected to procure and distribute Ten Thousand (10,000) pieces of Face Masks targeted at Markets, Lorry Stations, Fitting Shops, Fuel Stations and Traditional Authorities among others.
Following the launch of the campaign, the Municipal Chief Executive has endeared herself to ensuring that the projection became a reality.
From May to date, various targets of the campaign have received their allocation of the Face Masks with majority of the beneficiaries being traders.
On Monday, 1st June, 2020, the Hon. MCE, through the Presiding Member (PM), Hon. Jesse Nii Noi Anum, further distributed Five Thousand, Seven Hundred (5,700) pieces of Face Masks to Markets, Fuel Stations, Fitting Shops, Traditional Authorities and Assembly and Unit Committee Members, bringing the number distributed so far to 7,100, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the Municipality.
Addressing sections of traders at the Taifa-Burkina and Kwabenya Satellite Markets, Hon. Jesse Nii Noi Anum assured the citizenry of the Assembly’s commitment towards ensuring that the deadly pandemic is curtailed from spreading further.
He observed that most traders are fond of hanging Face Masks around their chin or putting them in their bags stating that it was a bad practice and warned them of the consequences of refusing to wear the Masks.
“Your safety is the President’s priority that’s why through the Hon. MCE and the Assembly, you’re being given these Face Masks. We don’t want anyone of you to fall foul to the law so we’re encouraging all of you to wear your Mask when you’re doing your business here and anywhere you go. The law stipulates that if you fail to adhere to this directive, you’ll pay a fine or be imprisoned”, the Hon. Presiding Member stated.
Hon. Samuel Nii Adjetey Mohenu, Chief of Abokobi and President of the Ga East Chiefs’ Association and Mr. Solomon Allan, Chairman of the Dome Council of Elders, expressed the appreciations of their respective outfits and pledged their support to the Assembly in educating the people and enforcing the preventive protocols.
The Ga East Municipality, though not classified as a hotspot for the spread of COVID-19 in Ghana, has recorded some Ninety-seven (97) positive cases with Thirty (30) recoveries and One (1) death.
The Assembly, Health Officials and stakeholders in the municipality are stepping up efforts to ensure the virus is contained and prevented from escalating.