Following the announcement by His Excellency the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on 27th March, 2020 which restricted movement of persons resident in Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi and subsequent measures on Social Distancing in public transport services, some public transport service providers withdrew their services making access to public transport very difficult.
The Ministry of Transport in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Greater Accra Passenger Transport Executive (GAPTE) therefore met to discuss modalities to provide transport services to the general public and health workers within the affected areas.
This was to address the difficulties especially for essential health workers (nurses, midwives, doctors and other health workers) go through before getting to their workplace due to the restriction of movement.
The buses for essential health workers would run on specified routes at specific times within Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi. The identified routes are as follows:
MODE OF OPERATIONS
Health workers within the affected areas would be required to show an identification before they would be allowed to board the buses. The buses would operate based on the schedule below:
Focal persons have also been identified in the various health facilities (Health Zones) and would coordinate the services for their respective facilities. The contact details for the zones in Accra are as follows:
STATUS OF OPERATIONS
The services commenced on Monday 6th April, 2020 with an initial fleet of fifteen (15) buses on selected routes in Accra, Tema, Kasoa, Amasaman and other major corridors. The buses call at designated points at health facilities to load and offload passengers. Focal persons have also been identified in the various health facilities and coordinate activities and the loading points.
In all, thirty-seven (37) buses would be deployed to pick health workers in Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi. In addition, the traditional services being provided by Aayalolo is also available to health workers for free.