GOSPEL artiste, Ohemaa Mercy is encouraging more education on the coronavirus(Covid-19) especially its safety measures at the various market places since market women are crucial in curbing the spread of the disease.
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According to her, a lot of transactions happen daily at the markets but unfortunately, many of these people are ignorant of the preventive measures to keep them safe and was therefore important to intensify the safety campaigns there.
“We all know that a lot of dealings take place in the markets so if indeed, we want to win the fight against this global pandemic, then the market centres should be our priority.
“If these traders understand the relevance of adhering to the safety measures recommended by the health experts, then we can be bold to say we are making progress since they are pivotal in our economic activities,” she said.
She made these comments when she donated items such as sanitisers, protective gloves and Veronica buckets to traders at the Ashaiman market in Accra.
Ohemaa Mercy joins a number of celebrities including Shatta Wale, Gloria Safo and Criss Waddle who have made donations to some communities in the areas under partial lockdown which started on March 30,2020.
“I chose Ashaiman market because I live in the municipality and as charity begins at home, I wanted to start where I live and I’m happy to offer help to my people in this time of crisis.
“My team also used the chance to educate our market women on the safety measures to protect themselves,” she said.
She later mentioned to the Graphic Showbiz in an interview that her suggestion to educate the market women had come out from her interactions with some of them who were at a loss to what was happening when she went to make her donation.
“I was surprised to know that some of our mothers in the market have taken this disease lightly and didn’t appreciate the need to protect themselves.
“If we don’t involve them and intensify the education on the pandemic, then we may be losing out on the fight against this disease,” she said.