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COVID-19: How hand sanitizer traders are killing Ghanaians with huge price tags

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Most supermarkets and various shops in Ghana have started selling hand sanitizers at unusual prices following the confirmation of some confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the country.

With education around coronavirus in the country gaining the attention, citizens are advised to follow good personal hygiene rules including washing of hands and the use of sanitizers as and when necessary. This is a risk reduction and preventive measure to contracting the pandemic disease.

Various shops in Ghana have increased the prices of hand sanitizers by an astronomical margin of almost a hundred percent to a thousand percent (100% – 1000%) and over.

For instance, hand sanitizers that were sold previously at about GH¢3.50 are now sold at GH¢75 or event GH¢80.

Research done by Business Insider SSA has shown that due to the excess demand from consumers for the product, producers have outrageously increased the prices for more profit.

The menace has, hence, spark various conversations on social media with people sharing their sentiments on how the prices of the products have been increased and how they are unable to purchase them.

Meanwhile, some traders have also shared that the products are on high demand and wholesale prices form producers have been increased. They claim they have no choice but to increase the prices to consumers.

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