Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has today April 7, 2020, announced that his government will pay water bills for the next 3 months, health workers will be granted a 3-month tax relief as the country tries to combat the spread of COVID-19, BBC reports.
So far, there have been 214 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the nation and five deaths. Last week, Ghana started a two-week lockdown in three cities; Accra, Tema and Kumasi, that were identified as hotspots for the spread of the virus.
Addressing the public via television, 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.
Health workers treating patients with COVID-19 will receive a boost to their basic pay and all health workers will also be granted a three-month tax holiday.