The Empowerment for Life (E4L) program, the Ghana Developing Communities Association (GDCA) and Youth Empowerment for life (YEFL-Ghana) with support from their friends in Denmark have boosted the Northern Region COVID-19 Response team’s activities by donating some Personal Protective Equipment to the region.
The items include Hand sanitizers, Examination gloves, liquid sap, veronica buckets, surgical nose masks and towel rolls.
The gesture to the regional response team follows an earlier one where PPEs and materials worth over 70,000 cedis were donated to five districts namely; Savelugu, Kumbungu, Karaga, Mion and Saboba in the Northern Region to support the COVID 19 fight.
In total, the assistance from the E4L and partners amounts to 147,640 cedis and that includes the materials, radio airtime for public education on COVID-19 in the five districts and support for meetings on COVID-19 among others in the respective MMDAs.
Acting Executive Director of the GDCA, Philip Gmabi, who announced this, when he handed over the PPEs to the Northern Regional Minister and officials of the Health Directorate at the Residency in Tamale, said although the NGO’s focus, over the years, has been in capacity building and empowering communities, they could however not look on and leave the fight only to the government and health officials.
Mr. Gmabi said in addition the material support, financial resources i.e. 5000 cedis would be given in support of the bi-weekly meeting of the regional COVID-19 response team and an extra 10,000 cedis would be donated to the covid-19 national trust fund, through the CSOs platform.
Receiving the items; Northern Regional Minister, Salifu Saeed, commended the Empowerment for Life Programme, GDCA and their donors for showing leadership in the NGO front especially by going beyond their core responsibilities by responding to such critical need, since that would go a long way to help address the health needs of the people.
For his part, the Northern Regional Health Director, Dr. John Eleeza, in thanking the benefactors said stigma against the disease was becoming a major challenge and the media must help to reverse the situation.
Source: Nelson Adanuti Nyadror | www.diamondfmonline.com |Ghana