Prices of disposable nose masks drop by 50% in Eastern-Region
Prices of face masks have dropped by 50 percent,
from one Ghana cedis to 50 pesewas in the Eastern
Regional capital, Koforidua, leading to an increase
in the use of masks.
The wearing of face masks became mandatory in
March 2020 but many people failed to patronise its
use, citing several reasons including high cost.
Ghana News Agency (GNA), as part of its regular
market survey, visited the Koforidua central market
to track whether people were observing Covid-19
preventive protocols, including the use of face masks.
It was established that patronage and use of face
masks had surged as prices slumped to about half
of the previous quotation.
A piece of disposable face masks that used to go
for 1GH₵ or 2GH₵, was being sold at 50 pesewas.
A trader at Koforidua Central Market, Madam Perpetual Tay,
told the GNA that a packet of face masks that was sold at
30GH₵ and 40GH₵, last year had tumbled to 15GH₵ this month.
She said the price drop had triggered increased demand
and sales, adding that, she used to sell an average of two
packets of disposable nose masks a day as compared
to half pack when the price was higher.
A mason, Yaw Adu, said he hardly used a disposable
face mask due to the price, but since the price dropped to
50 pesewas per piece, he would be able to purchase one daily.
Another petty trader, who sells sachet water,
Madam Abigail Ackar, welcomed the drastic reduction
and noted that with the reopening of Senior High Schools,
parents would be able to afford more for their wards,
which would also lead to increased sales for
marketers and boost business activities.