The Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon is forfeiting three months of her salary to help her constituents.
The funds, according to Lydia Alhassan will be used to “support the vulnerable and needy” in the constituency during the Covid-19 pandemic.
She is flowing the footsteps of President Akufo-Addo who on Friday ordered the Comptroller and Accountant General to pay his April, June and July Salaries into Ghana’s COVID-19 Fund.
The Fund which will be managed by an independent board of trustees, and chaired by the former Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo will receive contributions and donations from the public to assist in the welfare of the needy and vulnerable as the country fights to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, President has also indicated that he has donated his April, May and June salaries as seed capital for the fund.
“I am announcing tonight the establishment of a COVID-19 Fund, to be managed by an independent board of trustees, and chaired by former Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo, to receive contributions and donations from the public to assist in the welfare of the needy and the vulnerable. I have directed the Controller and Accountant General to pay my next three months’ salary, i.e. April, May and June, into this Fund,” he said.
The President used the opportunity to also thank “the churches and financial institutions who have already donated to help in this fight.”
“God richly bless them,” he said.
The President has announced that movements in some urban areas in the country will be restricted from Monday for two weeks as part of government measures to control the spread of the coronavirus.
The lockdown affects areas in Accra, Tema, Kasoa and Kumasi, where significant numbers of infections have been recorded.
Delivering his fourth national televised address on the state’s anti-coronavirus strategy on Friday evening, President Nana Akufo-Addo said beginning from 1:00 a.m. on Monday, March 30, the lockdown will restrict the movement people for a period of two weeks subject to review.
The lockdown, he explained is to enable contact tracing of persons who have come into contact with persons who have tested positive for the deadly virus.
Since the start of the week, there have been numerous calls on Nana Akufo-Addo to declare a lockdown like many countries have done to mitigate the growing spread of the deadly disease.
Affected areas in Greater Accra
In Greater Accra, the following areas will be affected:
1. Accra Metropolis;
2. Tema Metropolis;
3. Tema West Municipality;
4. Ledzokuku Municipality;
5. Krowor Municipality;
6. Adentan Municipality;
7. Ashiaman Municipality;
8. La-Nkwantanang-Madina Municipality;
9. La-Dade-Kotopon Municipality;
10. Okaikwei North Municipality;
11. Ablekuma North Municipality;
12. Ablekuma West Municipality;
13. Ablekuma Central Municipality;
14. Ayawaso East Municipality;
15. Ayawaso North Municipality;
16. Ayawaso West Municipality;
17. Ayawaso Central Municipality
18. Ga West Municipality;
19. Ga North Municipality;
20. Ga Central Municipality;
21. Ga South Municipality;
22. Ga East Municipality;
23. Korle-Klottey Municipality;
24. Weija/Gbawe Municipality;
25. Kpone Katamanso Municipality; and
26. Awutu Senya East Municipality.
In the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area and contiguous districts, the following areas are affected:
1. Kumasi Metropolis;
2. Asokwa Municipality;
3. Suame Municipality;
4. Old Tafo Municipality;
5. Oforikrom Municipality;
6. Asokore Mampong Municipality;
7. Kwadaso Municipality;
8. Atwima Nwabiagya Municipality;
9. Kwabre East Municipality;
10. Ejisu Municipality;
11. Afigya-Kwabre South District;
12. Bosomtwi District;
13. Atwima Kwanwoma District; and
14. Atwima Nwabiagya North District.
The partial lockdown according to the President, “means that everyone resident in these areas must stay at home for the next two weeks or 14 days.”
“However, if you must go out, it must only be to get essential items such as food, medicine, water, undertake banking transactions, or to use public toilet facilities. But, as much as possible, stay at home,” the President clarified.
The President indicated that “there shall be, during this period, no inter-city movement of vehicles and aircrafts for private or commercial purposes for the areas of the restrictive measures, except for vehicles and aircrafts providing essential services and those carrying cargo.”
Riders of motorbikes are not allowed to carry any additional person, and all intra-city passenger vehicles, such as trotros and taxis, must reduce the number of passengers in order to observe appropriate social distancing and hygiene protocols.
Additionally, all commercial vehicle stations are expected to “observe appropriate hygiene protocols and social distancing.”
The President said, “the Ministry of Transport has engaged the transport operators and unions in this regard.”
The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, according to the President, has also engaged with the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies and the leaders of the market associations in the country to make satisfactory arrangements about “the operation of the markets that ensure observance of social distancing and enhanced hygiene protocols.”
“In any event, only persons involved in the food value chain can operate in the markets during this period,” the President said.
Services exempted from restrictions
- Members of the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary;
- Production, distribution and marketing of food, beverages, pharmaceuticals, medicine, paper and plastic packages;
- Environmental and sanitation activities;
- Staff of VALCO;
- Road and railway construction workers;
- Mining workers;
- Members of the security agencies assigned lawful duties;
- Staff of electricity, water, telecommunications, e-commerce and digital service providers; and
- Staff of fuel stations.
As of Friday, March 27, 2020, Ghana has recorded 137 confirmed cases.
A lockdown is typically an emergency protocol that a state uses to prevent people from leaving a particular area.
The President directed during Friday’s address that people in the affected areas can only go out to get essential times such as food, conduct banking transactions or use the public toilet.
Here are the latest updates from the Ghana Health Service about the coronavirus situation in the country:
- As at the evening of March 27, 2020, 59 COVID-19 cases including four deaths have been confirmed from the regular surveillance systems.
- All four deaths had underlying chronic medical conditions. Two have recovered and have been discharged.
- The remaining 53 cases are doing well: 14 are being managed at home. The rest are on admission and responding well to treatment. Greater proportion of those on treatment with mild symptoms and are awaiting repeat of their laboratory tests to inform a decision to discharge them.
- Majority of the confirmed cases are Ghanaians, who returned home from other affected countries. Seven are of other nationals namely: Norway, Lebanon, China, Netherlands, and United Kingdom. Seventy-eight (78) among the travellers (1,030 in number), who were mandatory quarantined and tested, have tested positive for COVID-19.
- Regarding contact tracing, a total of 1,006 contacts have been identified and are being tracked. Out of these, 204 have completed the 14 days mandatory follow up.
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