The Empowerment for Life (E4L)programme, an NGO has presented Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other materials to some health facilities in five districts in the Northern Region to help tackle the novel corona virus pandemic.
The donation was made possible with funding from the E4L and it’s partners; Ghana Developing Communities Associations (GDCA), YEFL-Ghana and their Danish friends, following an earlier assessment on the ground.
The beneficiary districts; Saboba, Karaga, Kumbungu, Mion and Savelugu municipality received some quantities of Veronica buckets, hand sanitizers, liquid soaps, examination gloves and surgical nose masks all valued at about Ghc 70,000.
Making the presentations to the Health Directorates through the respective Assemblies representatives, for onwards distribution to the facilities on the ground, the Programme Manager of Empowerment for Life (EFL), Mohammed Abdul-Jabaru, said the gesture was in acknowledgement of the huge resource burden the covid-19 pandemic had brought on the Health Directorates, the Assemblies and the Government at large.
He stated that as development partners whose strategies include building capacities and advocacies on the ground, it was eminent to respond to needs on the ground in communities where they operate.
“As partners in development, and as you know, 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,” Abdul-Jafaru remarked.
As a step further, the empowerment for life programme would commit funds for bi-weekly meetings of the various district covid-19 response teams for May and June to enable them strategize to addressing covid-19 emergency issues and implementation in their action plans.
“The EFL programme will rely on the expertise of the District Health Directorate, the Information Service Department (ISD) and the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) in enhancing the awareness creation among the communities and groups the programme works with” he added.
Source: Nelson Adanuti Nyadror | www.diamondfmonline.com |Ghana