The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, has called for intensified efforts for Ghanaians to start consuming local products to cushion the economy in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Ghana currently has 161 confirmed cases with 3 deaths as of March 27.
The Minister in an interview with Citi News urged the public to observe the precautionary measures adopted by the Ghana Health Service to curtail any further spread of the Coronavirus in the country.
“We need to do a lot of publicity for people to understand that for our own interest and the interest of the general public we must observe these protocols. Let’s separate ourselves from each other. We can talk at a distance and still hear each other, there is no need for us to be close to each other before we can speak. So let’s observe these ones because it is very important and very relevant to us.:
“We have to end this by containing the Coronavirus within the shortest possible time otherwise it is going to have disastrous consequences on this economy. This coronavirus pandemic has also been an eyeopener, it means that after the pandemic we have to do strong publicity on local consumption of local products because now if you import from China you cannot go and import, if you import from Spain, the US, Turkey or Italy you can no longer do so. So the emphasis must be on local consumption, let’s produce the very important things that we need in this country here so that in times of such disasters we can survive either than that a time will come when it will be very dangerous for this country.”
Markets in Ashanti Region disinfected today
Disinfection of markets in other parts of the country have Ashanti Region is currently ongoing.
The exercise, which started in the Greater Accra Region last week forms part of Government’s efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ghana.