The President of Ghana has announced that government will absorb the water bills of the country for three months, beginning April 2020, as part of measures to reduce the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on households and businesses.
Addressing the nation, the President said he has further instructed the Ghana Water Company Ltd and the Electricity Company of Ghana to ensure the stable supply of water and electricity during this period. Also, he said, there will be no disconnection of supply.
“Government will absorb the water bills for all Ghanaians for the next three months, i.e. April, May and June. All water tankers, publicly and privately-owned, are also going to be mobilised to ensure the supply of water to all vulnerable communities,” he said.
Again, he mentioned that government has stepped up efforts to protect frontline health workers who are risking their lives to fight the pandemic. With regards to this, three hundred and fifty thousand (350,000) masks, five hundred and fifty-eight thousand, six hundred and fifty (558,650) examination gloves, one thousand (1,000) reusable goggles, twenty thousand (20,000) coveralls have been procured.
In addition to that, seven thousand (7,000) N-95 respirators, five hundred (500) waterproof gumboots, two thousand (2,000) reusable face shields, two thousand (2,000) gallons of hand sanitizers, ten thousand (10,000) 100ml pieces of hand sanitizers, and five hundred (500) shoe covers have also been procured to ensure their safety.
All these, according to the President, have been sent to the regional health directorates for onward distribution to the district health directorates for use by health workers in all the districts.
To further ensure constant supply of the PPEs, government has engaged with local manufacturing companies to assist in the domestic production of face masks, head covers, surgical scrubs and gowns. It is expected that three million, six hundred thousand face masks will be produced domestically, with an output of one hundred and fifty thousand (150,000) per day.