Hon Cynthia Mamle Morrison, the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, has cautioned parents of school children not to take advantage of the school break amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to engaged their wards into trading activities.
She recommended that parents should find alternative study methods for their children to improve during their stay at home.
The Minister for Gender gave the caution in Techiman in the Bono East Region when she met market queens and traders to sensitize them to the awareness of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to practice enhanced hygiene in the markets.
Addressing them as ‘trainees of trainers’, the minister said the country was facing difficult circumstances, which has forced the President to temporarily suspended school activities, adding that “it does not, necessarily, mean you should engage your children in trade; the law does not permit that.”
“You can be arrested and prosecuted if you engage your children in trading activities at these critical times. You need to protect them and find alternative study methods for them,” she advised.
Hon Cynthia Mamle Morrison further educated the women in several ways they could protect themselves and their children against the virus, especially as they ply their trade in the market.
The use of alcohol-based sanitizers, frequent handwashing with soap under running water, non-touching of face, nose, and mouth, among other precautionary measures, were explained to them.
She encouraged them to practice good hygiene and eat healthy food to boost their immune systems against the deadly disease.