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Adopt flexible working practices to prevent spread of COVID-19 – Dr Ato Arthur

Accra, March 26, GNA – Dr Nana Ato Authur, Head of the Local
Government Service (LGS), has tasked Regional Coordinating Councils (RCCs),
Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to adopt flexible
working practices to ensure that their offices are not overcrowded to prevent
the spread of the COVID-19.He has therefore recommended a Shift system, Time off in
lieu, Encourage staff to take their annual leave and working from home if
possible as some of the practices.

A statement signed by Dr Ato Arthur and copied to the Ghana
News Agency in Accra said: “these flexible working practices should be
done without compromising the quality of work output”.

The statement said Chief Directors/Regional Coordinating
Directors and Directors who adopt any of these flexible working practices, to
take the necessary steps to ensure that efficient and effective systems and
processes were put in place, so as not to comprise service delivery at the
various levels.

It said the LGS has noted with concern the overcrowded nature
of some of its offices in the RCCs and MMDAs, which may breach the Ghana Health
Service directives on keeping at least two metres apart and social distancing.

The statement said the COVID-19 pandemic globally continues
to pose a threat to the health and safety of Ghanaians.

It said as at Tuesday 25th March, 2020, Ghana’s
number of confirmed cases had increased to 68 with four deaths as announced by
the Minister of Health, Dr Kwaku Agyeman-Manu.

The statement said this current development required that
additional precautionary measures were put in place to ensure the health and
safety of staff and stakeholders.

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“In view of the above, all RCCs and MMDAs are to suspend
the Biometric Electronic Clocking System till further notice and are encouraged
to adhere to the precautionary measures stated by the Ministry of Health (MoH)
to regular and thorough washing of hands with soap under running water, and use
of alcohol-based hand sanitizers, avoid shaking hands, keep a distance of at
least two meters from a person with fever, cough, sneezing and difficulty in
breathing.”

The statement said, “according to the MoH measures, we are
also advised to be physically active, drink plenty of water, eat healthy, avoid
stress and have enough sleep, Stay home if you feel unwell with symptoms of
fever, cough and difficulty in breathing and call the following numbers
immediately: 0509497700, 0558439868”.

It said Adherence to the above directives was key to the
safety of staff.

GNA

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