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The Kwadaso Municipality, as part of its effort to fight against the global pandemic Coronavirus (Covid-19), has donated six thousand and five hundred (6500) washable homemade face masks to some traders in the municipality on Tuesday.

This charitable gesture by the Assembly was in line with the protocols towards Covid- 19 and also to assist the beneficiaries since they could be a source of possible contact of Coronavirus.

The beneficiaries include traders from the following market places: Edwenase, Nsima, Nwamase, Ohwimase, Asuoyeboah, Kwadaso (Main), Kwadaso Onion market, Kwadaso Bolakeseam, and Sofoline Bus Terminal.

Making the presentation, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Kwadaso, Hon. Agyenim Boateng Richmond, said that, the assembly was poised to do what they can to promote safety among traders and the residents at large in the municipality to curtail the spread of the Covid-19.

“Our source of funding was from the Assembly Common Fund and also with support from the Tailors Association in the municipality, thanking them (Tailors Association) for their support in the fight against Covid- 19,” he said.

According to the MCE, the wearing of face masks in public has been made compulsory days after the lifting of a lockdown by President Akuffo- Addo, hence there was the need to encourage the traders to wear mask and in a way enforcing it on them. “If you cover your nose and your mouth, it does have a significant impact on plunging the spread of the disease,” he indicated.

“Persons without face masks at the markets would be prevented by taskforce from accessing the markets, so the assembly decided to present the masks to them free of charge so that when the taskforce come and inspect them, they would not find any excuses to give,” he added.

Agyenim Boateng Richmond advised the leadership of the traders to educate their members to strictly adhere to directives on social distancing and in supporting efforts to curb the spread of the disease since it is real.

He also admonished them to regularly clean their hands with soap and water or with an alcohol- based hand sanitizer before wearing the mask.

Receiving the items on behalf of the traders, Nana Yaa Pokuaa expressed her appreciation to the assembly for the kind gesture.

She indicated that the donation will go a long way to help the traders deal with the spread of the virus in the municipality.

Source; David Afum / Kumasi

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