Posted on May 29, 2020 by Pnafrica
As part of
intervention measures to reduce the risk of Ghanaians on the Togo Border
getting infected with the Coronavirus, the Member of Parliament for
Agotime-Ziope, Hon Charles Agbeve, has taken the fight to rural communities.
It is the believed, some of the constituents who frequent between the two West Africa nations on daily basis might have enough education on the World Health Organisation (WHO) safety protocols. The concerns are that information on the deadly virus has not cascaded to the border rural communities, especially farmers who live on farms more than homes.
Hon Agbeve told PNAFRICA NEWS in an interview after the donation that, access to information by the rural folks during this time is necessary as some of them have little or no access to social media which has become effective tool to disseminate information. He said he is working out with key stakeholders in the border communities to provide adequate information on the novel coronavirus in vernacular languages as well as providing preventive items to mitigate the impact. “This is the second time, I am making this effort in my own small way as MP for the Agotime-Ziope constituency...”
"We all need to play a role and I am providing them with items necessary to help and to ensure the constituents are not affected. Some of the items are sets of hand gloves, pieces of hand sanitizers, litres of liquid soap, Veronica Buckets, hand washing bowls or Containers and Thermometer Guns to test their temperatures. All these are from my little resources as MP and I promised to support them in all situations," he added.
According to the MP, he had earlier on supported the District Health Directorate with some of the item for onward distribution to all health centres and CHPS compounds as part of his social intervention policies to help to minimize the risk of the COVID-19 affecting the constituents. In the interim, Hon Agbeve said he is working closely with the village health workers at the local clinics to essentially make information available to over 200 border communities.
Globally, Health workers and governments are working to slow the spread of the COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Simple hand-wash with soap, sanitizers, among others, the AgotimeZiope lawmaker who is a member of the Health Committee of Parliament noted remained the common way for now to halt the transfer of the virus by touch.
This, the MP advised residents of the constituency to take note of the measures by WHO by washing their hands with soap for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-containing antiseptic solution, better known as hand sanitizer. In addition, the constituents are encouraged to keep a distance of approximately two meter from the interlocutors with signs of the disease and as well try not to touch their eyes, lips, and nose with their hands. He however called on the government to support the local pharmaceutical industry to help the local health facilities to fight the deadly Coronavirus.
Since the outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus, Ghana has recorded over 4000 cases, with 22 dead and about 327 recovery as at the time of filing this report. The COVID-19 which first broke out in Wuhan China and spread out the world has claimed thousands of lives and dozens of people infected still in hospitals and other treatment centres. Though the virus originated in China, Italy, U.K. and USA are the most affected countries across the world. The number of recorded deaths there overtook those in China.
Felix Engsalige Nyaaba
Centre for Victims of Injustice (CenVI,GH)