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General News of Sunday, 22 March 2020


Coronavirus: NIC tells staff to work from home

Justice Yaw Ofori, Commissioner of Insurance Justice Yaw Ofori, Commissioner of Insurance

The Commissioner of Insurance, at the National Insurance Commission (NIC) Justice Yaw Ofori, has said the Commission has asked staff whose work permits them to work from home to do so in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

This forms part of measures to protect staff from contracting the infection.

Ghana has recorded sixteen cases of the infection. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared it a pandemic.

In a statement, Mr Ofori said: “Staff who take public transport to and from work should be assisted to take appropriate precautions to minimize the risk of infection. We also encourage and permit non-essential staff to take some leave as those whose work schedule makes it possible for them to work from home are also encouraged to do so to reduce the number of people in the office.”

It added: “Chief Executive Officers and other senior staff are advised to minimize the use of drivers. As much as possible, they are advised to drive their vehicles to minimize the risk of infection, the statement added.

Among other things, the Commission says it also “ensures that critical and front-line staff are provided with appropriate protective resources like gloves and sanitizers and trained to adopt appropriate strategies to minimize the risk of infection.”

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