Market women at the Madina Market of the La Nkwantanang Municipal Assembly have decried the devastating effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on their businesses.
With most schools yet to reopen, except for final-year students taking their exit exams and with many offices operating at less than optimal capacity, the purchases in the market has fallen drastically which has compounded the plight of the market women.
While the degree of impact seems to vary between distributors who specialize, the downward trend in sales has been expressed by all.
Speaking exclusively to Talksafrica.com, the market women indicated that,people are scared to buy from them due to the novel coronavirus.
Some also opined that, since schools are closed with most people at home sales has fallen which has led to high cost of living among them and their families.
“It has been quite tough I must confess, we are suffering in our homes and the market as well,our sales have fallen.people no longer patronize our products due to the coronavirus pandemic,its sad but we cannot do anything about it all we pray for is for this disease to leave our country so that we live our normal lives”
For Aunty Ama, a table-top pepper seller, said the condition is dire with very little optimism in the short-run. She noted that, the problem for most sellers precedes the outbreak of the pandemic, as the government policy directive has led to changes in the market.
“my son,I have been selling pepper for over 10 years and i have not witnessed low sale until this coronavirus took over,its very bad and i am sad by the way things are going”
Ghana’s COVID-19 confirmed Cases now stands at 41,003 with 215 deaths.The Recoveries/Discharge are 38,330.
Western North Region – 568
Northern Region – 454
Bono Region – 439
Ahafo Region – 428
Upper East Region – 282
Oti Region – 204
Upper West Region – 88
Savannah Region – 62
North East Region – 9
Paa Kweku Eshun Talksafrica.com