United Civil Society Organisation for National Development (UCSOND) with funding from CARE International has donated Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) to people with disabilities, female headed households and second cycle institutions in the Nzemaland to fight the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The items included 60 Veronica buckets and their stands, 500 sanitisers, 900 posters on COVID-19, 60 receptacles, 1,000 nose masks, a quantity of liquid soap and tissue.
UCSOND is operating in the six coastal districts and Wassa Amenfi East all in the Western Region.
The Executive Director of UCSOND, Mr Wisdom Quaiku said the items were mainly for people with disabilities (PWDs), the vulnerable, female headed households and second cycle institutions in the Nzema East municipality, Ellembelle and Jomoro districts.
He said this class of people due to their situations could not get to most of the centres where the PPEs were distributed to the citizens.
The Executive Director noted that since UCSOND was working with PWDs and had a data on them, they could easily reach their locations with the addresses they had.
Mr Quaiku said most of the PWDs were in areas hard to reach and it was the duty of UCSOND with the assistance of NADMO and the assembly members to serve these people to fight the pandemic.
He added that jingles made in Nzema and Fante would be played in the three FM stations and all local community radio stations in the three districts to educate the people on how to follow the protocols laid down by the World Health Organisation and the Ghana Health Service.
He said the 900 posters would be pasted on public notice boards and intersections in all over the districts to remind people that the fight against COVID-19 was ongoing.
The Executive Director appealed to the people to follow the handwashing religiously, keep the social distance and avoid going to public places in order to curb the spread of the pandemic adding, “Don’t politicise the disease because no sickness knows the various political parties.”
The Nzema East Municipal Director of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and a member of the COVID-19 Team, Mr Anthony Ernest Amoah who received the items on behalf of the people thanked UCSOND and CARE International for thinking of the vulnerable.
He said UCSOND had always been a great stakeholder of the assemblies and at this critical time that all Ghanaians were fighting the pandemic, it was good to reach out to the less-privileged.
Mr Amoah told the NGO that the items would reach the people they were meant for so that together we would fight COVID-19.
FROM PETER GBAMBILA, NSEIN