In a bid to complement government’s efforts in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), has commenced the manufacturing and distribution of locally-made sanitizers for use by its over 14,000 staff across the country.
The product, which is formulated at GRA’s Customs Laboratory in Accra and contains Ethanol, Hydrogen Peroxide, Glycerol and Purified water, has been approved by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).
Hand sanitizers are essential in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19.
Speaking at a press briefing in Accra, the Acting Commissioner of GRA, Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah, said the Authority has so far produced and delivered 5,799 litres (417 cartons) for use by staff and visitors across its facilities nationwide.
He said the initiative is aimed at distributing sanitizers to all staff members in various offices and outposts nationwide as a precautionary measure to against the disease.
“We estimate that GHS164,000 will be saved monthly by manufacturing the sanitizers in our laboratory as opposed to buying from other sources” he said.
He said in addition to the sanitizers, GRA also provides free nose masks and other PPE to all its field workers to protect them from contracting the virus.
Mr. Owusu-Amoah informed the public, especially taxpayers, about the re-opening of its offices following the government’s lifting of restrictions in Accra, Kumasi, Tema and Accra.
He, however, sympathized with those whose lives and businesses have been badly affected as a result of the outbreak of the disease in Ghana, and assured the public that GRA has instituted adequate measures in all its offices to ensure adherence to safety practices such as social distancing, use of sanitizers, hand washing, among others.
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