The Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah has launched a campaign to promote the wearing of nose masks among Ghanaians.
The campaign dubbed #WearYourMask which was launched on Tuesday [April 14, 2020] at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) City Hall forms part of measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the city especially in public places.
“Accra is the epicentre of the pandemic in this country and we must do everything possible to curb the spread of the virus hence the time to normalize wearing nose masks every single time we have to leave the house. It is simple, a cloth mask that covers your nose and mouth can reduce air droplets and enhance protection against the virus,” he said.
Citing new data on the spread of the disease in people not showing symptoms, Mayor Sowah pointed out that using simple cloth nose coverings made from local cloths could help people who have the virus and don’t know from spreading it to others in case there is a cough or sneeze.
“We want to ensure that everybody who comes into the city wears a mask. We must wear the mask every time we come from the house because we are not in normal times,” he added.
He encouraged citizens to strictly follow the social distancing protocols among other precautionary measures even when wearing a mask in order to slow the spread of the virus.
He also appealed to citizens not to share masks, and wash them once a day with warm water and soap.
He urged corporate organization and philanthropists to support the campaign by channelling resources into the production of masks and commended Trashy Bags, a non-governmental organization in Accra, which turns plastic waste into reusable shopping bags, fashion accessories, school supplies, and other products for supporting the campaign.
He again urged citizens to diligently wash their hands, stay home and follow the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines and protocols religiously to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Mayor Sowah also announced plans to distribute some 10,000 locally made face mask to communities in the metropolis.
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