As part of measures to help prevent the spread of the coronavurus (COVID-19) in Ghana, especially in the Bono region,the Regional Health Directorate and the Regional Security Council,(REGSEC), led by the Bono Regional Minister, Mrs Evelyn Ama Kumi- Richardson has banned the operations of tricycles also known as ‘Pragyia’ in the region, until further notice.
“The use and patronage of tricycles (‘Pragyia’) for carrying of persons for commercial purposes is banned forthwith”, said REGSEC.
The ban will be effect from Thursday,2 April, 2020.
A statement issued by Regional Minister, Mrs Evelyn Ama Kumi, stated that the ban was necessary to secure the safety of lives,most especially measures and steps being taken to help prevent the spread of the disease in the Region.
So far no cases of coronavirus has been recorded in the Bono Region.
Meanwhile,Ghana’s confirmed COVID-19 cases has jumped to 195 with five deaths and 38 discharged as at 1 April 2020 Minister of Health Kwaku Agyeman-Manu has said.
The statement also added, “Barriers are to be mounted at all entry points of the region to regulate the movement of people unknown persons in to the region for purposes controlling the spread of the disease”.
Read the full statement below:
PRESS STATEMENT BY BONO REGIONAL MINISTER- HON EVELYN AMA KUMI RICHARDSON FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
Following the continuous review of the situation in relation with the COVID-19 pandemic in the Region and on the advice of the Regional Health Directorate and the Regional Security Council, the following measures and steps are being taken to help prevent the spread of the disease in the Region.
1. All Municipal/ District Security Council should continue to meet as and when necessary to monitor the movement of people especially at the Country’s western boarders to prevent the influx of foreign nationals into the region .
2 . Barriers are to be mounted at all entry points of the region to regulate the movement of people unknown persons in to the region for purposes controlling the spread of the disease.
3. The use and patronage of tricycles (‘Pragyia’) for carrying of persons for commercial purposes is banned forthwith.
4 . All Honourable Assembly Members within the region are to play an active role in identifying and monitoring the presence of visitors/ strangers who are not ordinarily known in the communities and to report to the District Public Health Emergency Management Committees under the Chairmanship of the Municipal /District Chief Executives for appropriate actions to be taken if they become suspicious.
5. Again All Honourable Members are being encouraged to form Community Watchdog Committees to help locate strange person s in the communities for surveillance.
6. All Market Women and owners of other places used by the public must be encouraged to practise social distancing as away to prevent the spread of the disease.
7. In order to make social distancing more effective , MDCEs should meet all Markets Associations and Women to discuss arrangements toward s selling on alternate days as soon as possible.
8. As much a s possible, all Assemblies should use the Information services Department Mobile Van in educating the public on the use of all the protocols to help contain the disease. All Assemblies are to provide the needed support for exercise.