Covid-19: IGP orders suspension of motor checks across Ghana

A Ghanaian policeman on duty

The Ghana Police Service has directed its personnel of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) to suspend all routine motor checks across the country with immediate effect.

The directive is as a measure to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 disease which has so far infected 24 persons in the last few days in Ghana.

The checks include stopping and inspection of vehicle documents.

An internal wireless message issued by the Police Administration in Accra last Monday asked the personnel to be “used only for traffic management duties, education and awareness creation”.

Personnel have also been reminded to carry personal hand sanitizers and disinfect their hands anytime they come into contact with any other person.

Personnel have also been encouraged to “wash their hands with soap and running water”.

So far 24 cases of the Covid-19 disease have been recorded in the country, according to the Ghana Health Service website.

One person has died.

In the wake of the outbreak, the IGP ordered an immediate closure of all police training schools across the country following an outbreak of the Coronavirus disease.

The action took immediate effect, following confirmed cases of the deadly Coronavirus in the West African nation.

The Ghana Police Service in a wireless message has since directed a suspension of all recruit training activities at various training schools in Koforidua, Kumasi, Pwalugu and Ho.

The move, according to the service, is a precautionary measure as the deadly disease sparks fears in Ghana.

The service also directed all recruits be released to report back to their various homes “and wait for further directives”.

“All Commanding Officers are to ensure that the necessary protocols are in place for the recall of the recruits to resume training when directed”, the wireless message ended.

By Jonathan Ofori, Daily Mail GH

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