The Ghana Developing Communities Association (GDCA) and the Youth Empowerment for Life (YEFL-Ghana), as part of their Empowerment for Life Programme, have committed an amount of GH¢147, 640.00 towards the country’s fight against the COVID-19.
The breakdown of the amount included a donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as alcohol-based hand sanitizers, examinations gloves, liquid soap, veronica buckets, surgical nose masks, and towel rolls valued at GH¢62,750.00 to District Health Directorates at Savelugu Municipal, Kumbungu, Karaga, Mion, and Saboba Districts (MMDAs).
The Empowerment for Life Programme (E4L Programme)is partnering radio programmes (in the form of airtime and pegged the value at GH¢35,640.00) in the five MMDAs dedicated to COVID-19 education, while an amount of GH¢4,000.00 has also been committed to supporting the bi-weekly meetings of the five MMDAs COVID-19 response teams and committees for May and June.
A further amount of GH¢ 7,500.00 has been allocated to the Information Services Department and the National Commission for Civic Education in the five MMDAs to support their community sensitization activities on COVID-19 prevention and containment measures whilst an additional GH¢9,600.00 has also been allocated to the five Health Directorates for community outreach activities on the disease.
The Northern Regional Health Directorate was not left out as it also received 76 litres of alcohol-based hand sanitizer, 100 litres of liquid soap, 1,000 pairs of examination gloves, 350 pieces of surgical masks, 30 pieces of veronica buckets and 12 pieces of towel rolls valued at GH¢13,150.00.
Mr Philip Gmabi, Acting Executive Director of GDCA announced this when he led E4L Programme partners to present the PPE to the authorities of the Northern Regional Health Directorate in Tamale on Tuesday.
Mr Gmabi said the E4L Programme partners also committed “An amount of GH¢5,000.00 to support the bi-weekly meetings of the Regional COVID-19 Response Team, and have further devoted an amount of GH¢10,000.00 to be donated to the COVID-19 National Trust Fund through the Civil Society Organisations platform.”
He said “As partners in development, our main development strategies have principally been capacity building and advocacy. However, we cannot remain unconcerned as partners, in a crisis like this, just because service delivery is not a core area of our operation. We need to assist in any little way we can.”
He commended the frontline medical staff for their tenacity of service to the country and urged residents in the region to strictly adhere to the safety protocols on the disease to curb its spread.
Mr Salifu Saeed, Northern Regional Minister, who received the items and handed them over to the Regional Director of Health, commended the E4L Programme partners for their commitment to complement government’s efforts at fighting the COVID-19.
Mr Saeed said the items would help boost the morale of health workers to continue to do their best to save lives during this era of the disease.
Dr John Eleeza, Northern Regional Director of Health, expressed gratitude to the E4L Programme partners for the gesture and appealed to other institutions to support the Regional Health Service in its fight against the disease in the region.