The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has urged market folks to endeavour to make issues concerning their health a priority as that is the only assured way of staying safe.
It said COVID -19 was real and not a spiritual disease as some people were speculating but must be cautious and seriously follow the protocols which were achievable in curbing the spread of the disease.
Speaking at the Abaka Market at Abura Dunkwa in the Asebu Kwamankese (AAK) District to educate traders on the dangers of not observing social distancing, use of masks, washing of hands and other health protocols, Mrs. Kathleen Addy, the Deputy Chairperson of the NCCE implored Ghanaians to strictly adhere to the safety measures.
She said “sometimes, social distancing may not be practical and that is why we must observe the other protocols effectively so that the rate of infection would be virtually zero”.
The Deputy Chairperson commended the Regional staff for their good works and urged them to put in more efforts to educate the public.
Mr. Nicholas Ofori Boateng, the Regional Director of the NCCE also charged market leaders to make it part of their duties to ensure that all necessary protocols were observed.
“The wearing of face mask is now mandatory, so do well to adhere or be arraigned before the court”, he added.
Mrs. Ellen Osei, the AAK District Director of the NCCE, told the market women to teach their children how to wash their hands thoroughly and wear their face masks correctly.
She also encouraged them to wash their masks as soon as they removed them, keep personal hygiene, be advocates and also rebuke their colleagues who will fail to abide by the measures in place to stop the COVID-19.