The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had a significant adverse impact on the global economy, Ghana included.
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Governments around the world are implementing various fiscal measures to mitigate the adverse effect and provide relief for businesses, households, and its citizens.
In Ghana, the government has implemented a number of relief measures and programs to reduce the current burden of Ghanaians.
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YEN.com.gh takes a look at some of the programs and measures put in place by the Akufo-Addo led administration to mitigate the hardship COVID-19 has brought on people.
1. Formation of COVID-19 National Trust Fund
The COVID-19 Trust Fund was established by President Akufoto to assist the poor and vulnerable during the COVID-19 crisis
The National COVID-19 Trust Fund on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, distributed toiletries, PPE, and other essential medical items to the Ghana Health Service, COVID-19 Care Team, and some selected health institutions.
2. BoG donates to the COVID-19 Fund
The Bank of Ghana has presented a cheque of GH¢10 million to the COVID-19 National Trust Fund.
The central bank's contribution is seen as a government contribution. The money donated to the COVID-19 Trust Fund will go a long way in providing relief to everyday Ghanaian.
3. Government absorbing three months of water and electricity bills.
President Nana Akufo-Addo announced a three-month utility relief package for all Ghanaians from April to June.
So Ghanaians will not pay for electricity and water during the period announced by the government.
In response to this, the Ghana Water Company Limited also introduced a ‘strategic water supply-demand management plan” in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
4. Provision of food for 400,000 Ghanaians by the Gender Ministry
As part of measures to ensure that members of the public within the lockdown areas, the government announced hotlines for needy communities and households to reach out for food items.
The government distributed between 400,000 and 450,000 packs of food every day to needy people including persons with disabilities in affected areas.
5. Telcos in Ghana offer free packages to support fight against COVID-19
Telecommunication companies in Ghana offered various free packages as their contribution to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement, the Telecommunications Chamber said some of the free packages included access to over 100 educational online sites and e-learning platforms.
The statement said that about 240,000 customers use 3 terabytes of data each day to access online educational material.
6. Ministry of Education implements virtual learning to engage students at home
The Ministry of Education implemented virtual learning programmes to enable students have access to learning resources while at home in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, said the learning programmes would be rolled out on all mediums — radio, television, and online — with support from the Ministry of Communications and the Ministry of Information.
7. President Akufo-Addo donates his three months' salary to the national COVID-19 fund
President Nana Akufo-Addo and his vice, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia donated their three months salary to National COVID-19 Trust Fund.
The president's gesture was followed by most of his appointees.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that in a bid to ensure that the spread of the novel coronavirus is minimised, the office of the Regional Coordinating Council has outlined certain measures to be followed religiously.
After an emergency meeting held on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, to ensure compliance with President Akufo-Addo's directives, the REGSEC, in a statement signed by Ishmael Ashittey has called for the mandatory wearing of face masks in public.
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