The National Media Commission (NMC ) says the media should be considered as an essential service provider and must be assisted to offer the needed education and sensitization in the fight against Covid-19.
In a radio interview, the Chairman of the NMC, Mr. Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafoh explained that the work of the media is critical, in view of this there is the need for the private sector to come in and support the media if government is focusing on health workers who are the main frontline workforce.
Mr. Boadu-Ayeboafoh, however, asked the media to go about their duties and desist from demanding compensation before undertaking their duties
The NMC Chairman also advised the media to be cautious in their coverage of the pandemic to avoid fear and panic in the country
Meanwhile, the President in a nationwide broadcast yesterday April 5 2020 stated that an insurance package, with an assured sum of three hundred and fifty thousand cedis (GH¢350,000) has been put in place for each health personnel and allied professional at the forefront of the fight against coronavirus(COVID-19).
Akufo-Addo added government has also decided that all health workers will not pay taxes on their emoluments for the next three months, i.e. April, May, and June.
He also made it known that all contact tracers were being paid an allowance of one hundred and fifty cedis (GH¢150) daily.