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Ghana/Coronavirus: President suspends water bills, announces relief package for health workers

Ghana just like some other African nations is waking up to the potential danger of the novel coronavirus spreading rapidly across Africa as the cases near 10,000.

There have been 214 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Ghana and five fatalities.

President Nana Akufo-Addo responding to the outbreak has suspended the payment of water bills for the next three months, to make hand washing possible for all Ghanaians. 

In a televised address, President Akufo-Addo said the government has urged the utility companies to ensure a consistent supply of water and electricity and restore any disconnected accounts.

Water-supply tankers will also be made available to provide water to vulnerable communities.

President Akufo-Addo has also announced a relief package for health care workers. 

Health care workers in the frontline of the COVID-19 fight have been given a three month tax holiday beginning this month.

An additional allowance of 50% of basic salary per month for the next three months will also be enjoyed by these workers.

An insurance package of GHC350,000 ($60) for each health personnel and allied professional at the forefront of the fight has also been put in place, and a daily allowance of 150 Ghana cedis ($25) is being paid to contact tracers.

Equally the Ministry of Transport has made available free buses to transport health care personnel to work. 

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