The popularity of their activities in the capital town of Northern Region is risking the lives of many Ghanaians, most especially those who patronize the services of these roving pedicurists.
Health experts are warning that many Ghanaians may be buying for themselves, all manner of infections for as low as 50 pesewas in the streets of Tamale. Millions of people get pedicures each day without giving it a second thought.
For 50 pesewas, clients can get a street version of foot spa treatment from their sharp razor blades, knives and scissors nearly any time of the day.
However the activities of roving pedicurists have increased daily in Tamale and they are easily accessible in the streets, market centers or even workplaces.
Health experts believe the propensity of contracting all sorts of blood-based and skin infections through these services is easier
These pedicurists popularly referred to as ‘Abokyis’ many whom are thought to have fled from some of deprived African countries, have been struggling with adaptations in Ghana, most especially language.
Twenty two year old OSMANU, a native of Mali, has been living in Tamale for the past Two years. He told Diamond News he has been engaging in the pedicure business since he came into the country. Apart from the Hausa language, OSMANU speaks no other Ghanaian language.
He revealed that many people patronized his service without verifying weather he sterilized his tools or not, though Osmanu says he dips his tools into warm water before using them.
Meanwhile some residents in the Tamale metropolis, who expressed their concern about activities of these pedicurists, accused the city authorities for allowing them to engage in activities which could endanger lives of Ghanaians