”Cut expensive jokes” use free water judiciously – Sanitation Minister

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The Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Ms Cecelia Dapaah, has advised the public to use water wisely following the government’s decision to absorb the water bills of all Ghanaians for the next three months.

The President on Sunday announced that in a bid to fight the COVID-19, water for all Ghanaians will be free for the next three months – April, May and June – and further directed the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) to ensure a stable supply of water.

Moments after the announcement by the President, social media was awash with videos of people misusing water.

Addressing a Press Conference Tuesday, Ms Dapaah said people must cut the expensive jokes and make good use of water. She also added that the social intervention measure is meant for all Ghanaians and not just health workers.

“There is a Whatsapp going round with a grown man lying in a bowl with running water, let’s cut some of these expensive jokes, the president knows the importance of water in this crucial time, we need water to wash our hands.”

She added that people must also stop using pipe water to wash their cars and for gardening.

Ghana’s total case count for COVID-19 jumped to 287 on Monday after the country recorded 73 more cases, the Ghana Health Service has announced.

The GHS stated that the cases were detected following measures for enhanced contact tracing and testing.

So far a total of 287 cases of COVID-19 with five (5) deaths have been recorded. The regional distribution of the cases are as follows: Greater Accra Region has most cases (258) followed by the Ashanti Region (18), Northern Region (10), Upper West Region (1), Eastern Region (1) and Upper East Region (1).

A total of 172 cases were reported from the routine and enhanced surveillance activities and those from travellers under mandatory quarantine in both Accra and Tamale are 115.

The period for mandatory quarantine for travellers who arrived 21-22 March 2020 has ended. In all, a total 1,030 travellers were quarantined during the period. Out of these, 79 (7.7%) were positive during the initial testing whilst 951 were negative.

Twenty-six (26) among those that were initially negative were found to have converted to be positive at the exit screening, bringing to a total of 105 which constitutes 10.2% among the travellers that were quarantined.

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