In Garu, our Resource Team member, Joshua Anambe gathered some volunteers in his home area on the 22nd of April, 2020 and responded to the need to help raise the awareness on COVID-19. Together they reached to the people in the markets and lorry parks with placards containing messages and pictures on safety precautions on the Corona Virus Pandemic.
On 3rd May 2020, our volunteers in Damongo community in the Savanna Region came out in their numbers stood at various Junctions and strategic positions in the markets holding placards with messages on COVID-19 safety precautions and education while wearing their nose masks for the awareness campaign. This followed a virtual planning meeting the Resource Team had with the youth chaplain of the diocese, Rev. Fr. Gordon. in the township of Damongo.
On the 11th and 12th of May 2020, the Team of volunteers in Bunkpurugu had their awareness campaign in two places, Nakpanduri and Bunkpurugu communities. They stepped up the awareness and education on COVID-19 by using the public address system to read out the safety precautionary measures on the placards and educated the people in the market and lorry stations on the need to wash their hands regularly, wear nose mask, stay away from crowded places and stay at home as necessary as possible to help contain the spread of the virus.
In two communities of Kongo and Pelungu, a volunteer, Moses Nablebna brought together some friends and health workers in the two communities and with support from us the SELL Resource Team, they went out on the 13th and 15th of May, 2020 to the markets on market days of the two communities to engage the community people on the need to practice the safety precautionary measures put out.
On 17th May 17, 2020, three volunteers from three communities of Bongo, Zuarungu and Bolgatanga came together with some young adults from their communities to engage the local community members who have travelled to Bolgatanga for the market day on the need for physical distancing among traders and patrons, wearing of nose masks, regular washing of hands with soap under running water. This they did holding placards and standing at strategic places in the markets and using public address systems to speak to the local people in their local language on the need for the safety measures.
With the awareness campaign, education, and word on street on COVID-19 the SELL Programme Ghana, with our selfless and committed volunteers and support from our partners have reached nine (9) communities across four (4) regions in the northern part of Ghana. A lot of learnings and revelations came through from the experience of our volunteers who were involved in the exercise and have been summarized below are some of their findings:
- A good number of people do not have adequate information about the virus and part of this is because most of the information has been in English thereby excluding a good number of others.
- Most markets do not have veronica buckets (A movable hand washing basin with a tap) available in the market for people to wash their hands.
- It was disheartening to find that some people show attitude of indifference towards the virus. They don’t observe the safety precautions. There is no such thing as social and physical distancing. Most aspects of the markets are crowded. It was also saddening to observe that people are not observing the safety precaution of “Stay at home.”
- Some said that they genuinely cannot afford nose masks and sanitizers and that they were not in a position to stay at home because of their financial situation.
The radio awareness was done to ensure that local community people will understand the safety precautionary measures in their local language and the need to adhere to them.
For further information and photographs pertaining to efforts made by the SELL Resource Team towards the fight against Covid-19, please keep an eye on our website www.sellprogrammeghana.org .You can also follow us on all our social media platforms at SELL Programme Ghana for regular updates as well.
We on the SELL Resource Team, our community volunteers, partners and benefactors will continue to support and be part of the effort by humanity to reduce the spread of the Corona Virus disease and its eventual eradication.
The SELL Programme and our beneficiaries are grateful to our partners Friends of Africa (FOA) as well as other benefactors and all who are supporting us to fight this pandemic at the local community level.
We are planning on having a second phase of the awareness creation and hopefully responding to some of the findings gathered from the first phase. We know this will require financial support and we are hopeful that our partners and individuals of goodwill with means will stay with us and support us in this all-important fight against Covid-19.
From all of us here on the SELL Resource Team is our wish that you stay safe and protect yourself and others in these difficult moments.