The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is calling on the government to consider ‘extreme measures’, including a possible lockdown of the country if that is what it will take to protect the entire citizenry from contracting COVID-19.
In a press release signed by the General Secretary of TUC, Dr. Yaw Baah said extreme measures are needed to effectively deal with the pandemic.
“Mr President, the risk of spread of the virus in Ghana remains high. We need more aggressive measures to protect the people from this deadly virus, including a lockdown if that is what is needed to protect the people. Only workers performing essential services should be allowed to work but they should be adequately protected from infection…These are extreme measures but they are necessary,” parts of the statement read.
The TUC further urged the government to give financial and fiscal incentives to pharmaceutical agencies in order to produce more hand sanitizers.
“The pharmaceutical industry and others that produce basic household supplies must be given financial and fiscal incentives to increase production. We strongly suggest that the government should provide sanitizers to all residents in Ghana free of charge or they should be subsidized to make them affordable to everyone, regardless of their income levels.”
Government has meanwhile granted tax waivers to local pharmaceutical manufacturing companies to aid in the massive production of hand sanitizers as part of efforts to prevent the contraction of the virus.