Akuffo Addo announces free water for Ghanaians and a special package for health workers amid Covid-19 fight

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President of Ghana

President Akufo-Addo addressed the nation on Sunday and said several packages have been put in place to motivate those risking their lives to save the nation. This comes a day after nurses at Korle Bu released a statement that they felt unsafe at their job due unavailability of PPE’s and would be walking of their jobs. There president stated the distribution of more PPE’s and tools will be distributed in the coming days to health facilities in the coming days. Nana Addo announced

“An insurance package, with an assured sum of ¢350,000 for each health personnel and allied professional at the forefront of the fight, has been put in place, with a daily allowance of ¢150 being paid to contact tracers.

“Government has also decided that all health workers will not pay taxes on their emoluments for the next three months, i.e. April, May and June,” he said.

The President said, in addition to these, all frontline health workers will receive an additional allowance of 50 per cent of their basic salary per month, i.e. for March, April, May and June.

He also announced that Ghanaians will not have to pay for water bills for three months. Meaning ” Government will absorb the water bills for all Ghanaians for the next three months, i.e. April, May and June. All water tankers, publicly and privately-owned, are also going to be mobilised to ensure the supply of water to all vulnerable communities “

Read highlights of his speech below with video

Highlights from The President’s Speech

  • Coronavirus Alleviation Programme (CAP) created to provide food for up to four hundred thousand (400,000) individuals and homes in the affected areas of the restrictions in Accra and Kumasi. It will come in the form of dry food packages and hot meals, and will be delivered to vulnerable communities in Accra, Tema, Kumasi and Kasoa.
  • Ghana Water Company Ltd and the Electricity Company of Ghana have been directed to ensure the stable supply of water and electricity during this period.
  • Government will absorb the water bills for all Ghanaians for the next three months, i.e. April, May and June. All water tankers, publicly and privately-owned, are also going to be mobilised to ensure the supply of water to all vulnerable communities.
  • Soft loan scheme up to a total of six hundred million cedis (GH¢600 million), which will have a one-year moratorium and two-year repayment period for micro, small and medium scale businesses.
  • Government is placing a high priority on the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPEs) for health workers. So far, 350,000 masks, 558,650 examination gloves, 1000 reusable goggles, 20,000 cover-alls, 7,000 N-95 respirators, 500. waterproof gumboots, 2,000 reusable face shields, 2,000 gallons of hand sanitizers, 10,000 100ml pieces of hand sanitizers, and 500 shoe covers have been sent to the regional health directorates, to be distributed.
  • Government is aware that more needs to be done, especially in the face of the global shortage of PPEs.  
  • Government is actively engaged with local manufacturing companies to assist them in the domestic production of PPEs. Domestic production of face masks, head covers, surgical scrubs and gowns will commence from Tuesday.
  • An insurance package, with an assured sum of ¢350,000 for each health personnel and allied professional at the forefront of the fight, has been put in place, with a daily allowance of ¢150 being paid to contact tracers.
  • Healthcare workers will not pay taxes on their emoluments for the next three months, i.e. April, May and June. All frontline health workers will receive an additional allowance of 50% of their basic salary per month, i.e. for March, April, May and June.
  • The Ministry of Transport is also making available, for free, ‘Aayalolo’ buses to convey health workers in Accra, Tema, Kumasi and Kasoa to and from work, along specific routes, for the entire duration of the restrictions. 
  • Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, together with some 400 personnel drawn from the Police, Military, Fire and Prisons Service, from Friday, have embarked on desilting gutters, collection and disposal of garbage from homes, public places, markets and vehicle terminals.
  • Appealing to Ghanaians to observe social distancing and good personal hygiene to contain community spread. Do not leave your homes other than for the essential, stipulated reasons. Ghanaians always rise up to the occasion, and we will do so again. United, we are going to win this battle. 

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