Some shops have taken advantage of the outbreak of coronavirus in the country by increasing the prices of hand sanitizers by 200% due to the high demand.
Following the announcement of the latest four victims, making the number of cases six, some shops and pharmacies in Ghana have increased the prices overboard.
Some of the hand sanitizers before the outbreak of the Coronavirus were sold at Gh¢2.00 cedis but following the outbreak, the prices have shot up astronomically to Gh¢20.00 cedis.
At Prime Pharmacy at Airport Shell in Accra, a Hand RX hand sanitizer is going for Gh 70.00 Ghana cedis. Some of the sanitizers are also being sold between Gh80.00 and Gh150.00 cedis.
Reactions on social media:
"Francis Yaw Acheampong" author; I totally get it! You're a businessman or woman and you want to steal every opportunity to make money, I mean a lot of money. Don't forget that it's not everyone who is as filthy rich as you think. There are poor people out there too who sometimes find it difficult to buy common sachet toothpaste. The fact that there is excessive demand in hand sanitizers doesn't give you the seller the opportunity to overprice them. How are you going to feel if your brother or sister dies because he couldn't afford a sanitizer which was formally priced Ghc5 or Ghc10?
If for some reason, someone dies as a result of your greed, you might not possibly see the State or people holding you accountable but get to know that your actions are between you and God. Better change your ways for good! If the government is corrupt, don't also be. What goes around surely comes around.
Please share, someone needs to know this to change for good.
Paapa Kojo Nhyira on his Facebook wall posted, “The reason why some of our formal President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings “Papa J” would forever be our Hero…imagine this Kalabuley act of thievery..anka soldiers, bey3 mo se fomframm with a severe Beatings…thieves…awibalao.”
Kofi Kaf also on Facebook posted, “This was shared in a WhatsApp group I belong to! Ghanaians preach hospitality and humanity, but we allow greed to overshadow it. You sold this at X cedis and still made profits. Why inflate the price because it’s in demand and you feel it’s your cocoa season? Unfortunate. Very unfortunate!”
Over 160,000 people have so far been infected by the virus worldwide with China leading with several deaths.