The seventy-one (71) quarantined staff of Coastal Quarry Limited in Shama District can now have a sigh of relief as Chief Executive for the District, Joseph Amoah has donated packs of food to management to feed them whiles they serve their fourteen day self quarantine period.
The items included ten (10)- 50kg bags of rice, five cartons of cooking oil, three cartoons each of tomato paste and tinned fish (sardines).
The 71 quarantined staff are contacts to a confirmed COVID 19 case [a Chinese] in the factory. They have been in mandatory isolation/quarantine since 21 March, 2020.
However due to some constraints the company could hardly fend for these affected staff. They complained of being starved, threatening to bolt from the center should nothing be done about their plight.
The District Chief Executive for the area, Joseph Amoah told Skyy News, they had to intervene, as “these lives need to be protected”
He said the burden borne by company in such a crisis could be overwhelming and that some support to the company is most commendable.
“It’s not easy taking care of 71 employees whiles your company is also down.
“We are waiting for the results, if it takes.much longer than we expected, we again, will come to support them” he promised.
Cash Donations from Member of Parliament
The Member of Parliament for Shama, Hon. (Dr.) Ato Panford, also made a cash donation of Five thousand Ghana Cedis (GHC5,000.00) to support the upkeep of the affected employees.
Making the donation on his behalf, Mr. Amoah promised management of the company of their (Assembly and MP) continued support in ensuring normalcy is restored at the company.
He took the opportunity to admonish residents in the enclave to desist from stigmatising the employees, clients and the organisation, adding “this is an unfortunate incident, they don’t have to be stigmatized, they need our support more than ever”
Delayed test results
Samples of the 71 contacts have already been sent for testing, unfortunately, results are yet to be produced for them. This has caused an uneasy calm among the employees and management.
Managing Director for the company, Mr. Kobina Oppan prayed that the District Health Directorate expedite actions at getting the results so they could take the necessary decisions about the health and safety of employees, and the resumption or otherwise of their operations.