A.M.A launches #WearYourMask campaign, mayor distributes 10,000 Ghana-made masks

In a bid to contribute to the fight against the spread of the COVID-19, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly led by its Chief Executive Mohammed Adjei Sowah has launched a campaign dubbed #WearYourMask.

A.M.A launches #WearYourMask campaign, mayor distributes 10,000 Ghana-made masks

The campaign was launched on Tuesday at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) City Hall forms part of measures to help slow the spread of #COVID19 in the city especially in public places.

"Accra is the epicentre of the pandemic in this country and we must do everything possible to curb the spread of the virus hence the time to normalize wearing nose masks every single time we have to leave the house. It is simple, a cloth mask that covers your nose and mouth can reduce air droplets and enhance protection against the virus," Adjei Sowah said.

He further explained that using simple cloth nose coverings made from local cloths could help people who have the disease but are asymptomatic from spreading it to others in case they cough or sneeze.

"Nobody ever imagined we would be wearing nose masks, it’s the latest change to our everyday life, and it's important to acknowledge that the effectiveness of wearing a mask is dependent on our collective use, for instance, when a person with the virus unknowingly goes out wearing a mask, the chances of spreading the virus are reduced, likewise when a person comes in contact with someone who may not be sick but wears a mask, the risk of transmission is also reduced and such collective measures of mask-wearing could quadruple the effectiveness of preventing the virus from spreading between communities.

" We want to ensure that everybody who comes into the city wears a mask, we must wear the mask every time we come from the house because we are not in normal times," he said.

Aside from the #WearYourMask campaign, the mayor said that the Assembly had also distributed handwashing facilities to markets and other public places in the metropolis to ensure high hygienic practices among traders and shoppers as part of measures to curb the spread of the virus.

He also announced plans to distribute some 10,000 locally made face mask to communities in the metropolis, urging corporate organization and philanthropists to support the campaign by channelling resources into the production of masks.

"Currently, we don't have a choice, we must do our part to help #FlattenTheCurve. Let us all follow the WHO recommendations for washing your hands with soap and water regularly, to protect ourselves from contracting the virus," he said.


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