The world is facing an unprecedented challenge with communities and economies everywhere affected by the growing COVID-19 pandemic and Ghana is no exception.
In an effort to compliment government’s effort towards the fight against Covid-19 virus in the country, The Volunteers4covid19, also known as the brigade, an army of young professionals tasked to serve humanity in restoring hope, help and healing in this trying times, implemented their first project in 3 communities namely Apemenyim, Agona Nkwanta and Dixcove in the Ahanta West municipality of the Western region on 30th march, 2020.
The platform, an initiative of The Charles Buckman Foundation, The Captain Centre, Orientation Africa with other implementing partners envisions to harness the potentials, talents and resources of volunteers and partners to help contribute towards governments efforts in combating covid19 with focus on locally made face masks (#Mask4all) and other Personal protective equipments (PPEs) for deprived health centers and other vulnerable groups, distribution of hygiene kits, provision of sensitization on covid-19 and other services.
The project was led by Mr. Atsu Geraldo de Lima a Co-founder of volunteers4covid19, witnessed the donation of items such as Veronica Buckets, alcohol-based hand sanitizers, waste buckets, Soaps and posters.
In his statement, the assemblyman, Mr. Ernest Zettor , upon receiving the handwashing facility, expressed his gratitude to the management of volunteers4covid19 for such a gesture especially at the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak and pledged to work in collaboration with community stakeholders to help encourage children wash their hands regularly and to help educate their constituents to help prevent the spread of the virus.
The western regional coordinating assistant of volunteers4covid19, Mr. Ali Suleinam used the opportunity to educate the community on basic covid19 safety protocols and also stressed on the need to be each other’s keeper by practising good hygiene and social distancing so as to limit the spread of the virus.
The facility head of Agona Nkwanta health centre, Ms. Felicity Kuranchie-Mensah on receiving the items that is, veronica bucket (Jerry-Can), sanitizers and waste bowl, congratulated the volunteers for their contribution in aid of their effort in combating against coronavirus in the municipality and the region at large.
The final donation and sensitization on covid19, was at lower Dixcove where the assemblyman with other committee members received the handwashing facility on behalf of the community and thanked the volunteers for their support.
the western regional coordinator for volunteers4covid19, Mr. Samuel Hanson, entreated the assemblyman and the unit committee members to continue to sensitive their people about this deadly outbreak, emphasizing that, since Dixcove is a fishing community, they must be vigilant of other fishermen who may arrive from neighboring country Ivory Coast, not being naïve to welcome them into their homes as family, adding that frequent hand washing and social distancing will help prevent the diseases from spreading thereby protecting their livelihood.
Over the next couple of days, the groups in partnership with corporate entities and individual donors will be providing lunch packs to the worst affected communities in Kumasi and Accra, donating locally designed and produced personal protective equipments (PPEs) and hygiene kits to deprived clinics and hospital and other vulnerable groups across the country.