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Coronavirus: Govt ‘hasn’t done enough’ to ensure safety of market traders and visitors – NDC

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Medical Doctor and Member of Parliament for Klottey Korle, Zanetor Rawlings, says government ‘has not done enough’ to ensure the safety and security of the market traders as well those who visit them following the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus in Ghana.

According to her, the markets and transportation network are crucial to maintaining our food supply as a nation adding that the Akufo-Addo-led administration has not prioritized the markets in the rationale behind the Restrictions Bill laid out and given accent to.

Speaking during a media encounter by the National Democratic Congress’ COVID-19 Technical Team, Zanetor Rawlings said: “The markets and transportation network are crucial to maintaining our food supply as a nation and this was the rationale behind the omission of the markets and commercial drivers from the restrictions bill laid out by the President.”

“Given this fact, not enough has been done to ensure the safety and security of the market traders as well as those who visit them. Their protection should have been a top priority in anticipation of and subsequent to the imposition of the Restrictions Bill.”

She added that the main preventative measures against the spread of the virus such as hand washing and social distancing are very difficult to adhere to given our densely populated communities.

“Our markets and our public spaces and the intermittent access and in some cases the lack of access to water. The successful end to this crisis will require the involvement of the government in engaging the citizenry including civil society and the security apparatus to support efforts within the community,” Zanetor Rawlings said.

“There must be community ownership and organizing in executing the response interventions in order to break the cycle of transmission and infection through sustained behavior modification at all levels,” she added.

She advised that the various assemblies must, as a matter of urgency, provide ‘Veronica buckets, soaps and disinfectants for all markets across the country to reduce the risk of exposure and risk of transmission of the virus.

“This must be coupled with an educational drive by the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) and health directorates at the district level,” she added.

Meanwhile, former President John Dramani Mahama has said that the opposition NDC has submitted a proposal of a national action plan on combating the novel coronavirus to the Speaker of Parliament.

Speaking at a service to end three days of prayer and fasting declared by the NDC, John Mahama indicated that as evidence of their commitment to assisting government in the fight against the pandemic, a technical team has been put together to spearhead the affairs of the national action plan.

Some members of the technical team include; Nana Kofi Quakyi, Assistant Professor in Public Health/Specialist in Health Economics, Dr. Jehu Appiah: Senior Medical Consultant and former General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Zanetor Rawlings, Medical Doctor, Alex Segbefia, Former Minister of Health, among others.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

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Akufo-Addo speaks on James Town clashes

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President Nana Akufo-Addo has condemned the weekend clashes between supporters of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Odododiodio constituency.

For him, those without a message resort to violence and intimidation.

Addressing a durbar organised by the Ga Traditional Council at James Town as part of his tour of the Greater Accra region, President Akufo-Addo called for total rejection of electoral violence before, during and after the general election.

The NPP parliamentary candidate for the constituency, Nii lante Bannerman pledged to promote peace and appealed to his opponent to do same.

What was supposed to be a peace walk on Sunday turned bloody when NPP youth clashed with their NDC counterparts.

Reports suggest that the NDC, after hearing their opponents had canceled a ‘float’ due to time clash, hit the streets only to be greeted with stones and beer bottles.

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Armed Robbers Play With Private Parts Of Our Wives – Nsuta Birim Drivers Cry

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Residents of Nsuta – Birim in the Sekyere Central District of the Ashanti region have said some armed robbers in the area have resulted in putting their fingers in the private parts of women in the area.

The armed robbers who operate on the Nsuta-Birim-Jeduako road according to the residents do not only rob them but use their fingers on the private part of their victims who are women.

Speaking to OTEC News Kwame Agyenim Boateng, commercial drivers who work in the area said they have grounded their vehicles for the past one week due to the rampant robbery cases recorded in the area.

They disclosed that robbers in the past months have consistently attacked drivers and traders with sophisticated guns and machetes killing three persons with one sustaining severe machete injuries.

“We are tired of the armed robbery operations in the area, they beat men with guns and machete after “fingering” our wives,” one of the drivers cried.

“We had to park our cars for over one week due to how the robbers were chasing us on daily basis, we have reported the matter to Nsuta police on several cases but nothing has been done about the situation.”

The situation they added has brought untold hardship to them as traders can no longer go about their normal trading activities to supply foodstuffs and goods in both Birim and Jeduako Communities.

The residents have therefore called on authorities in the area to help curb the menace for peace to prevail in the area.

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Ghana Not Back To HIPC – Oppong Nkrumah

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Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has debunked claims that Ghana has once again been ranked in the category of Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC).

According to him, the numerous publications making rounds on social media purporting that the country has returned to HIPC is false.

Speaking at the Nation Building Updates on Tuesday in Accra, the Minister noted that because the country is approaching a general election in December, there is a deliberate attempt to discredit the work government has done since assuming office in 2017 to revive the economy.

He said “there are suggestions being spread particularly on social media that Ghana has been declared HIPC again and I am sure you would have noticed that a lot of persons are sharing materials on social media that the IMF or World Bank has declared Ghana HIPC or listed Ghana as one of the HIPC countries and it is a suggestion that the economy is not as good a shape that we claim it is.

“For the avoidance of doubt and because we have also mentioned that we are aware that some persons in the weeks ahead of the elections will seek to spread a lot of false information and fake news, it is important to quickly respond to it right here and right now. Categorically we say to you it is not true that Ghana has been declared HIPC or has been added to the list of HIPC countries,” he added.

The HIPC was a group of 39 developing countries with high levels of poverty and debt overhang who qualified for financial assistance from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and other multilateral, bilateral and commercial creditors between 1996 and 2001. It was designed to ensure the reduction in the debt levels of poor and indebted countries.

TheMinister emphasized that the HIPC was a programme limited to a particular point in time that Ghana and a number of African countries applied, benefited, exited and was done with it.

“The publication out there list the countries that participated and qualified for it. Currently, there is no HIPC programme for any country to qualify for so if anybody is spreading that and adding to it a narrative that suggest that Ghana is now a highly indebted poor country and has been listed on an IMF or World Bank publication as such.

However, the Minister encouraged the general public to disregard such publications. He also admonished the media to be circumspect and thoroughly conduct background checks before publishing news items.

 

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