The Women Organizer of the New Patriotic Party in the northern region, Hajia Rahana Abdul Aziz has distributed about two thousand hand sanitizers to traders in the Tamale Central and Aboabo markets as part of efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus disease in the region. The northern region is the latest region in Ghana to record cases of the virus.
The Ghana Health Service yesterday 30 March, 2020, announced ten confirmed cases in Tamale involving nationals of Guinea who travelled through Burkina Faso to Ghana. Police in Tamale arrested the migrants for unlawful entry and isolated them for further testing and interrogation. However, laboratory test from the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research confirmed that, the ten Guineans were infected with the disease.
Hajia Rahana explained to Journalists in Tamale that the gesture is her personal contribution in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. She observed the market women are part of the vulnerable group that should be given these personal protective items to safeguard their lives whilst they undertake their economic activities on daily basis.
She said these women are at risk of contracting the disease considering the nature of their work and therefore, underscored the impact of her donation. However, the NPP Women Organizer advised the traders to take up the necessary steps to avoid body contact which could lead them to contract the disease since the crowd in the market is overwhelming.
She said the crowd hinders their ability to observe the social distancing and preventive protocols; nonetheless, they must protect their lives in the wake of the pandemic in the country.
On the return of some natives of the north working in Accra and Kumasi as head potters (Kaayayei), Hajia Rahana advised the women folks to isolate themselves for the stipulated 14-day period at the designated senior high schools to curtail the spread of the virus in the region.
She added “After that period, they may be with their families.”