The Manhyia Palace COVID-19 Humanitarian Relief has received a cheque for GH¢ 50, 000, to enhance the fight against the pandemic.
The Relief, an initiative of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, had been engaged in philanthropic deeds, reaching out to the poor and needy in the society in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.
It had also distributed sanitary and personal protective equipment to identifiable groups while collaborating with health experts to create the needed awareness on the novel coronavirus.
Nana Kwabena Osei, Spokesperson of the Asanteman Council of North America (ANOCA), a development-oriented organization, which made the cheque donation, lauded Managers of the Relief for “giving hope to the underprivileged.”
He said ANOCA owed it a duty to be part of efforts to mitigate the devastating effects of the pandemic, stressing that the members, drawn from Canada and the United States (US), were committed fully to this cause.
Nana Osei, who is the ‘Chicago Krontihene’ of the Council, advised Ghanaians living in the Diaspora to come to the aid of the government in the COVID-19 fight.
Nana Kwame Gyamfi, the ‘Toronto Gyaasehene’ of ANOCA, said the citizenry had no choice than to strictly follow all the preventive protocols instituted by the state to manage the pandemic.
He cited regular hand-washing under running water, the mandatory wearing of nose masks, social distancing, amongst others, saying, these protocols were critical for an effective campaign.
Receiving the cheque, Mr. Kofi Badu, Chief of Staff, Manhyia Palace, commended the Council for its generosity, assuring that the Relief was focused on meeting its objectives.
The Manhyia Palace, he said, was worried over the socio-economic setbacks, as well as health threats posed by the COVID-19, of which Ghana had as at Monday, June 01, recorded 8, 070 confirmed cases and 36 deaths.
Mr. Badu cautioned Ghanaians to maintain good personal hygiene and avoid reckless lifestyles that could endanger their lives in this COVID-19 era, adding that minimizing the incidence of the deadly disease called for shared responsibility.
ANOCA was formed in 1991 in Toronto, Canada, under the leadership of Nana Fredua Agyemang II, the First President, to promote the welfare of Ghanaians in the Diaspora, and also support development projects at home.