- The IGP has asked police MTTD to cease all motor traffic checks
- The police administration have also asked personnel to keep good personal hygiene and carry hand sanitizers
- The directive from the IGP is to take effect immediately
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The Inspector General of the Ghana Police Service, James Oppong-Boanuh, has directed personnel of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) to suspend all routine motor checks across the country with immediate effect.
The directive is a measure to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease which has so far infected 27 persons in the last few days in Ghana.
The checks include stopping and inspection of vehicle documents.
An internal wireless message issued by the Police Administration in Accra on Monday, March 23, 2020, asked the personnel to be used only for traffic management duties, education and awareness creation.
Personnel have also been reminded to carry hand sanitizers and disinfect their hands anytime they come into contact with any other person.
Personnel have also been encouraged to “wash their hands with soap and under running water”.
So far, 27 cases of the COVID-19 have been recorded in the country, according to the Ghana Health Service website.
Two persons have died from the disease.
In the wake of the outbreak, the IGP ordered an immediate closure of all police training schools across the country following an outbreak of the Coronavirus disease.
The action took immediate effect, following confirmed cases of the deadly Coronavirus in the West African nation.
The Ghana Police Service in a wireless message has since directed a suspension of all recruit training activities at various training schools in Koforidua, Kumasi, Pwalugu and Ho.
The move, according to the Service, is a precautionary measure as the deadly disease sparks fears in Ghana.
The service also directed all recruits to be released to report back to their various homes and wait for further directives.
“All Commanding Officers are to ensure that the necessary protocols are in place for the recall of the recruits to resume training when directed” the wireless message ended.
The Chinese billionaire promised to donate face masks, testing kits and protective clothing for the fight against the deadly virus in Africa.
The coronavirus cases on the continent have risen to over 1,000 in the last couple of days.
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