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Transport operators want Covid-19 jingles to enable them create awareness - Minister for Transport

By Wendy Amarteifio
Covid-19
Transport Minister ,Kweku Ofori Asiamah

The Minister for Transport, Kweku Ofori Asiamah has indicated that transport operators have requested jingles on Covid-19 infection and preventive measures issued by the Ministry of Health to play in public transport as part of efforts to support the fight.

The Minister made this known at a press briefing today in Accra on the country's response to COVID-19.

Speaking at the press briefing, the Transport Minister Mr Asiamah indicated that the industry is in compliance with the directive of the Ministry of Health stating some measures put in place to aid in the fight of Covid-19 at various bus terminals across the country.

''This is a health issue we need to adapt to the Ministry of Health directive of washing hands under running water with soap for and applying sanitizers passengers at loading terminals. The Public address system at their loading terminals must inform the drivers and passengers of Covid-19 infection. The transport operators have requested for us to help them provide messages on pen drives so that instead of playing music in their buses, they will play these messages in to drum the messages to the people''.

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He added that: ''am appealing to the passengers that from today, when you sit in buses you will not be listening to music or watching films but you will be hearing messages by the Ministry of Information on Covid-19''.

He also entreated passengers who stand by the roadside to board vehicles or buses to their destinations to go to bus terminals and board buses there.

The Minister also added that water and soap together with sanitizers will be provided at various terminals and buses as part of efforts by the government to combat Covid-19.

Mr Kweku Ofori Asiamah further indicated that from henceforth, any driver who refuses to enforce these instructions will not be allowed to load passengers on board at bus terminals.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) have served notice that they will prevent passengers without hand sanitizers from boarding their buses from next week.