The queen mother for Ashaiman Central Market in the Greater Accra Region, Leticia Ayabah, has appealed to health authorities to shut down places operated by prostitutes as part of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
According to her, the many people the prostitutes come into contact with could hamper the government's fight against the spread of the coronavirus.
The queen mother made the appeal when the National Caterers Association, under the auspices of the Ministry of Gender & Social Protection, in collaboration with the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly (AshMA) held a sensitisation programme for traders at the Ashaiman Central Market.
“The government must ensure the closure of prostitute dens in the country. A lot of men are seen patronising prostitutes at the dens and this is very dangerous and can impede government’s efforts against the spread of coronavirus,” she said.
“I think we need to suspend dating, fornication until we are able to defeat the coronavirus in the country. Most people have multiple partners and they visit each other frequently and this could easily spread the disease since you might not know who is a carrier of the virus,” Mrs. Ayabah added.
The Greater Accra Coordinator for National School Feeding Programme, Christiana Lovely Nkansah, reiterated the significance of observing social distancing and all other protocols to stop the spread of COVID-19.