Prices of hand sanitizers in the country have gone up since Ghana recorded its first few cases of the dreaded coronavirus.
Business Insider by Pulse calls the increment in prices astronomical as the margin goes up from a hundred per cent to a thousand per cent (100% – 1000%) and over.
However, this is expected in a normal economic world as demand is greater than the supply of goods.
Formerly, hand sanitizers that were sold between the prices of GHS2.50 and GHS5.00 are now being sold at prices between GHS80.00 and GHS150.00.
The price gouging has attracted massive backlash from Ghanaians. Some influential personalities in the country did not take it lightly and took to social media to lambast the “greedy” individuals behind it.
Here are some comments from Ghanaians
1. Media personality Nana Aba Anamoah fumed
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All pharmacies and shops that have increased the prices of sanitisers astronomically are all hell-bound. You sit in your homes and offices and complain when issues of corruption come up. You’re corrupt. You’re evil. You shameless bunch of insensitive people. If your neighbour can't afford it, your chance of infection is higher.
This’s so bad, why increase the prices of sanitizer in times we need them the most , Ghana deir oh no no no. Have they forgotten we’ll keep on spreading the virus if we can’t afford it🤔 #CoronaVirusUpdates #COVID19Ghana pic.twitter.com/aAm2cLXHBV
— Akosuah May💕 (@Akosuahmay) March 15, 2020
Sanitizer has become very expensive when dis is the time weneed it for free, now dat we are in danger ppl are finding profit rather than helping other to prevent it hmmm.
— Qweku_Scanty (@scanty_qweku) March 16, 2020
How will the poor person purchase an 80ghs+ sanitizer? They don’t realise the havoc they are going to cause to themselves and the nation as a whole. Will the Government give out free Hand sanitizers and FaceMasks? The 100M USD was given to Ghana to help prevent the virus right? pic.twitter.com/F4L3SqmoqD
— Akua (@akuagabriel) March 15, 2020
I taught politians in Ghana are currupt… And this 👇happened, when the health of foreign mean alot to them our own people are increasing the prizes of sanitizer on the market…. #CoronaVirusGhana #CoronaVirusUpdates #HighRiskCovid19 #sanitizers @kwadwosheldon @sdkdele1
— Joseph Amponsem (@joeamponsem) March 15, 2020
After Politicians, traders in Ghana are the most corrupt. How can you sell hand sanitizer for GHC150?. pic.twitter.com/XIlkGJKr2z
— Dada Joe Live (@dadajoelive) March 15, 2020
So why are all the pharmacies just increasing their products? (gloves, nose mask, sanitizer, spirit) in this era where everyone needs to afford this instead this selfish and greedy asshole just wants to reap income smh oh Ghana! #COVID19 is disastrous!!! 🙏
— K£T∆™ (@jeosabi) March 15, 2020
This only happens in Ghana where people want to make money with this pandemic. Instead helping to get fight together, we jack up prices to prevent the ordinary Ghanaian from getting a sanitizer. #letsbepatriotic #WeAreInThisTogether
— Simple Matter (@SimpleMatter2) March 15, 2020
10. John Dumelo was not having it either.
What is annoying me the most is the rate at which shops and pharmacies are jacking up the prices of sanitizers. Where’s the sense of patriotism?
— MrDumelo (@johndumelo1) March 15, 2020