First deputy Speaker of Parliament Joe Osei-Owusu has urged Ghanaians to intensify the practise of hand-washing with soap and water and not rely so much on hand sanitizers as the country makes efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus.
According to him, the best way to ensure individual safety is to sustain handwashing and personal hygiene.
Speaking to Francis Abban on the Morning Starr Tuesday, the Bekwai MP said he has not yet used a hand sanitizer since Ghana confirmed cases of the virus.
“Since this thing broke out I have not used hand sanitizer at all. Parliament is now putting in place measures to get us some.
“We are making the hand sanitizer take the place of soap and water. Soap and water is your best bet and I do it all the time,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo on Sunday evening announced new measures being adopted to avoid a spread of the virus after Ghana confirmed six cases.
Summary of the Directives from the President of the Republic.
1. All public gatherings including conferences, funerals, church activities have been suspended for 4 weeks.
2. All Universities, schools etc have been closed from tomorrow. They’re to do distance learning.
3. Government travel bans announced still in force.
4. Ministry of Transport to work with transport operators to enhance hygiene.
5. Supermarkets, malls etc must ensure the highest standards of personal hygiene.
6. Ministry of Local Government must liaise with relevant authorities to improve hygiene standards in our markets.
7. Attorney General and Minister for Health to fast track processes to ensure legislative processes are implemented to back directives.