Since Ghana recorded its first coronavirus otherwise known as COVID-19 cases, President Akufo-Addo has always done his best to address Ghanaians with measures put in place to battle the pandemic.
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In a televised broadcast yesterday, Sunday, April 5, 2020, which happens to be the fifth, Akufo-Addo made some salient points that probably sat well with many Ghanaians.
YEN.com.gh has compiled 10 major highlights from the president's address to the Nation.
1. Absorption of water bills for the next 3 months
Akufo-Addo has asked the Ghana Water Company to provide uninterrupted water supply during the entire period to all Ghanaians whiles their bills are suspended for the next 3 months.
2. 50% increase in salary of frontline workers
President Akufo-Addo announced that for all the frontline health workers who he described as the real heroes, there would be an additional 50% allowance in their basic salaries
3. The amount accrued in the COVID-19 fund so far.
Akufo-Addo also announced how much had been accrued so far in the COVID-19 fund. He said GHC8 million had been pooled together which included $600,000 from Ghanaians in the diaspora.
4. Cleanup of Greater Accra and Kumasi by security personnel
He announced that some military personnel took up the responsibility of desilting choked drains and clearing up piled up filth where the need be.
5. Doctors/nurses not to pay taxes on emoluments
The president announced that starting April through to June, health workers would not be taxed from their salaries.
6. Supply of sanitizers and PPEs
7. Free food for deprived persons in Accra, Kumasi, etc
President Akufo-Addo has stated that government will provide dry food packages and hot meals for 400,000 people during the lockdown in Accra, Tema, Kumasi and Kasoa.
8. No disconnection of water, electricity
Akufo-Addo has asked the Ghana Water Company to provide uninterrupted water supply during the entire period to all Ghanaians.
9. Free transportation for health workers
Akufo-Addo has directed Aaayalolo buses to provide free transportation for health workers with Accra, Kumasi, Tema and Takoradi for the entire period.
10. Government to take the next step and decision at results of over 15,000 persons made available
Akufo-Addo announced that the decision to extend a lockdown would depend on the results of the tests carried out on some 15,000 contacts that were traced to have come in contact with COVID-19 confirmed cases.
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