The Lira Market covid-19 task force has acknowledged difficulties
in enforcing many of the standard Operating Procedures by the Ministry of
The traders are finding difficulty in wearing face masks or
installing sanitisers or water stands at shops and stalls.
On Monday, the market was partially closed to create order since
the traders and their customers were not following the SOPs. The task force led
by the market Chairperson Basil Edwoku resolved that anyone entering the market
must put on a mask, wash hands and sanitize at the entrance.
William Apea, a member of the task force is worried that the
covid-19 cases could be high in the market since the traders and customers have
failed to adhere to the guidelines. He says that many people cannot afford the
cost of masks, sanitisers and soap and many of the people breaking the
guidelines are pushed to the edge by financial struggles and hardships.
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Dan Engwedo, the Assistant Chairperson of Lira main market also a
member of the task force accused the city authority of giving conflicting
information to the vendors which makes it hard to enforce the new directives.
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Margaret Otile a vendor at the main market, advised the city authorities and
the health department to close the market and conduct rapid covid-19 tests.
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Bernard Otucu, the Lira City Principal Medical Officer advised
that the various sectors of the city should follow the lead in setting up a task
force to help implement the SOPs.
He said the city health department will be monitoring the operation of the task
force and those found not to be implementing the SOPs will have their premises
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Lawrence Egole, the Lira Resident City Commissioner advised the
other business premises within the city to erect hand washing facilities where
customers wash their hand before and after purchasing goods.