The Entrance University Hospital in collaboration with the Samuel Amo Tobbin (SAT) Foundation have educated traders at the Nima Market on precautionary measures against COVID-19.
The two organisations also donated face masks to the traders and some vulnerable persons on the street as part of its support to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
A midwife with Entrance Hospital, Emelia Anakwah, urged them to adhere to precautionary measures in order to protect themselves from covid-19.
“Whenever you take money from people, please sanitize your hands immediately because you do not know where the money is coming from. After few minutes, wash your hands so that you do not get infected,” she said.
She advised the traders not to allow people to touch items before they buy since that can also spread the virus.
She also urged them not to stigmatise persons who are infected with COVID-19, adding that stigmatisation will discourage infected persons from disclosing their status.
“We must show covid-19 patients love. Stigmatization will deter them from reporting themselves to the hospital. I am not saying you should hug them but do not stop selling to them,” she advised.
No masks on
Although there were Veronica Buckets available at the Nima market for hand washing, it was observed that almost all the traders were neither in face masks nor observing social distancing.
According to some of the traders, they were tired of wearing the masks and therefore had to put them somewhere at the expense of their own health.
The Executive Director for SAT Foundation, Mrs Harriet Asante noticed that traders at the market could be exposed to the coronavirus hence the need to educate them.
She said apart from sharing food items and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the needy and vulnerable, the Foundation will continue to sensitise the public on coronavirus.
Mrs Harriet Asante also encouraged the beneficiaries to wear their face masks.
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