Government is pushing for improved hygienic conditions of public vehicles following news of four new confirmed cases of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ghana.
Six cases have so far been recorded. Four of the infected persons according to health officials have been in contact with about 151 people.
President Nana Akufo-Addo in an address to the country on Sunday, March 15, 2020, tasked the Ministry of Transport to collaborate with the various transport unions in the country as well as transport operators to ensure that passengers commute on vehicles that are in hygienic conditions.
The President also made a case for the provision of sanitary items including hand sanitizers, running water and soap at the various terminals to reduce the chances of spread of the virus.
“The Ministry of Transport should work with the transport unions and private and public transport operators to ensure enhanced hygienic conditions in all vehicles and terminals, by providing, amongst others, hand sanitizers, running water and soap for washing of hands,” he said as he announced new public gathering advisories in a televised broadcast.
Observing hygienic practices such as regular handwashing with soap under running water or the use of hand sanitizers are some of the major guidelines being promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and global leaders to stop the spread of the coronavirus which has infected more than 160,000 people across the world and killed over 6,000.
In Ghana, five of the six cases were recorded in Accra with one recorded in the Ashanti Region.
The government on Sunday announced that all the patients had been isolated and were receiving treatment.
All the cases were imported. There is yet to be any case of the virus being contracted from another person within the country but experts warn that not observing proper hygiene could lead to such a case.