The Wa Municipal Assembly has started the distribution of 15,000 pieces of nose masks to residents as part of the measures to help control the further spread of the novel corona virus.
According to Alhaji Issahaku Tahiru Moomin, the Wa Municipal Chief Executive,the free distribution of the masks is to ensure that people in the area do not come up with excuses when the assembly begins with the enforcement of the wearing of face masks in the municipality, as directed by the Municipal Security Council (MUSEC) and the Ghana Health Service(GHS) in line with section 14 of the Public Health Act, Act 851.
The directives by the MUSEC and the GHS states that, persons who do not wear nose masks will be denied entry into markets, offices, lorry parks and other public places.
Alhaji Issahaku Tahiru led a team from the Municipal Assembly to distribute some 5,000 pieces of nose masks at the central business district on 1st May,2020 the eve of the day the mandatory wearing of nose masks will take effect.
Speaking to the media, the MCE stated that the surest way to keep the people safe is wearing of nose masks, hence the reason the assembly took the step to show the level of seriousness given to the directive.
He said the assembly is using the initiative to address the issue of social distancing temporarily while looking for ways to ensure social distancing in the market and other public places are adhered to.
Alhaji Issahaku Tahiru noted that the pieces of nose masks distributed is symbolic saying that their target is on the various groupings at the Wa Central Market.
The MCE indicated that the assembly together with the traditional council are working to enforce social distancing at the market such as creation of satellite markets.