A petroleum consumer advocacy group, Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) in the Republic of Ghana, says it has concluded discussions with the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) and Association of Oil Marketing Companies (AOMCS) for the immediate purchase and distribution of basic preventive clothing and equipment for drivers, pump attendants and other service providers.
The decision follows the outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the West African nation.
So far Ghana has recorded about six cases of the Coronavirus.
Executive Secretary of COPEC, Duncan Amoah told energynewsafrica.com, that there was the need for the pump attendants and other service providers to be protected again the spread of the infectious disease.
In a statement the Chamber encouraged as many fuel stations to make all the necessary arrangements to install self-serving or automated pumps across some service stations to reduce the possibility of physical contact between the customer and attendants at the various stations within this period.
COPEC further called for the use of electronic payment systems and platforms in the payment for the services and products at these service stations as well as the payment of fares for public transport where possible.
“We encourage the public to strictly abide by and observe all the health protocols as spelt out by the Ghana Health Service under the current circumstances to prevent an escalation in the number of infections as Authorities continue to work strenuously to contain and eradicate the upsurge and incidence of this virus outbreak,” it added.