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Regional News of Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Source: GNA

STMA sets committee to implement directives on coronavirus

The Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly has constituted a committee to ensure surveillance and strict adherence to all directives issued by the President on Sunday evening.

The Committee would work to ensure that all church activities conducted in classrooms were suspended, ensure the closure of some old public places of convenience and washrooms, fumigation of markets and the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at the various Sub-Metros.

Mr. Anthony K. K. Sam, the Metropolitan Chief Executive, said the Assembly had therefore suspended the issuance of permit for large gathering such as funerals, weddings, Party rallies among others.

"In this period, normal church and mosques activities and street preaching have also been suspended".

Mr. Sam added that all the 181 public and private schools in the Metropolis have been closed.

Meanwhile, the Assembly as an exemplary step, has provided personal hygiene materials at the two main gates of the facility for the use of visitors.

The Assembly has also provided canopies as holding areas for visitors to wait in turn for their services while such PPEs would be made available at the various lorry terminals in the Metropolis.

Mr Sam said that the Assembly had enough PPEs to handle the situation.

The MCE encouraged parents to take proper care of their children in this trying times to avoid their exposure to the virus.

"We are prepared to go the extra mile to work around the clock in this trying times," Mr. Sam added.

In the meantime, Dr. Tachie-Menson, the Metropolitan Health Director, said the three main hospitals in the Metropolis have put in place preparedness measures in case of any emergency.

He said, "Like the President said, we are not in ordinary times and all of us must be wary of this and protect ourselves".

Mrs. Elizabeth Akouko, the Metropolitan Director of Education, pleaded with parents to keep the children indoors, "engage them, prepare food for them, give them home-works, so that they may enjoy their stay.

"Let us not assume and guide them to stay indoors, God will indeed help us but we must be wise," she added.

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