The Sunyani Municipal Assembly in the Bono region in collaboration with the Mask Ambassadors, have distributed over two thousand nose masks to groups and individuals in Sunyani.
The distribution of nose-masks to residents in the municipality formed part of measures to curb the spread of the Covid-19 in Sunyani.
The Sunyani Municipal Assembly recently received some pieces of nose-mask from the central government plus a bale of fabric, which is being sewn as nose-mask by locally contracted dress-makers to increase the quantity of the PPE for distribution .
The Mask Ambassadors, a group of media practitioners and health personnel, who are advocating the wearing of nose masks in the municipality have also solicited for nose masks from local producers for distribution to those in need.
The Mask Ambassadors, officials of the Sunyani Municipal Assembly and the security agencies were positioned at vantage points in the municipality and distributed the nose-masks to residents as they pass.
Th Sunyani taxi drivers union also received the masks.
The Sunyani Municipal Chief Executive, Justina Owusu Banahene, described as “encouraging” the rate of compliance in relation to the wearing of nose-mask Sunyani.
“The only challenge is that some people still touch their mouth and chin while wearing the nose-mask but I think with time, and as we deepen education on the proper wearing of it, the thing would change for the better”, she told the press after the distribution.
Another challenge observed during the distribution was that most people had the nose masks but were not wearing them. According to them wearing the nose masks is uncomfortable especially in the hot weather.
But Deputy Lead advocate of the Mask Ambassadors, Francis Owusu-Ansah, encouraged the people not to think about the comfort but about safeguarding their health.
“We are not in normal times and we do no expect any one to feel comfortable with the things were are doing but for the sake of our health, lets try as much as possible to adhere to all the Covid-19 protocols”, he said.
The Sunyani Municipal Chief Executive, (MCE) Madam Justina Owusu Banahene encouraged the market women to continue to wash their hands with soap and running as well as wear their nose masks at all times.
She added that the protocols are the only means by which the country can defeat the coronavirus.
Madam Owusu Banahene assured the women that the assembly would continue to assist in whatever possible in times of need.
She said Health workers are being engaged to hold series of sensitization programmes at the four satellite markets created by the Assembly to ensure that market women and buyers adhere to the various precautionary measures against the spread of Covid-19.
“The health officials will also throw more light on the signs and symptoms of the disease. Our Information Van would be placed at the Coronation Park to carry out the exercise after which it will move to other places”, the Madam Owusu Banahene added.
Meanwhile, Lead advocate of the Mask Ambassadors, Dennis Kwadwo Peprah, has commended commercial drivers in Sunyani for wearing their nose-mask most of the time when driving.
“I think commercial drivers and transport unions ought to be commended. I’m very impressed, but education must also be intensified. I think that many people still don’t understand why they should wear the nose mask”, he said.
“Residents must ignore unnecessary theories on the disease, and try as much as possible to strictly adhere to health safety procedures. Figures on the disease are surging, and I think individual protection remains the surest remedy.”
Mr Peprah said the Mask Ambassadors are working hard to ensure that more nose-masks are acquired and distributed to people, especially “the high risk population and the needy in society.”
“We appeal to those who can afford to sacrifice and purchase some of the mask to identifiable people in their neighborhoods or communities especially the aged and people with disabilities who cannot afford to buy.”
The Bono Region has so far recorded its first case of the Coronavirus disease.
The case in the Bono Region was detected in the Jaman North District.
The Region has also become the 13th out of the country’s 16 regions to record a case of the virus.
Ghana’s case count of COVID-19 has increased to 4,700 with 494 recoveries.
Total deaths have also increased to 22.