Ghana Red Cross Society donates PPEs to GHS

The Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS)yesterday donated personal protective equipment to the Ghana Health Service to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The items included gloves, surgical masks, protective gowns, single-use disposable, non-woven material, resistance to fluid, glasses: Clear rigid plastic, eyes front+ sides protection worth CHF23, 397.00.

Presenting the items, in Accra yesterday, the President of GRCS, Mr Kwame Gyimah-Akwafo said the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent solicited support to assist the various national societies to help combat the spread of the deadly pandemic.

The Director-General of Ghana Health Service, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, receiving the items thanked the GRCS for the gesture and promised to use the items for its intended purpose.
Dr Kuma-Aboagye said the fight against the pandemic needed inclusive support and urged Ghanaians to continue observing the safety etiquettes.

GRCS commissions 102 housing units for flood victims

The Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS) in collaboration with the Swiss Red Cross has commissioned 102 units of two-bedroom houses constructed for victims of the October 2019 flood in six communities across the Builsa North District and Kassena Nankana Municipality.

The communities include; Mayoro benefitting 33, Nantuna 17, Chuchuliga 26, Kasa eight, Silinsi 11 and Bilinsa, seven houses.

In a durbar organized to officially handover the buildings to the beneficiaries, Lawyer Kwame Gyima Akwafo, the National President of GRCS, said the Red Cross undertook the project following its visit to the areas after the 2019 flood rendered vulnerable victims homeless.

He said the housing project dubbed ‘build back better’ did not only seek to provide replacement houses for flood victims but to also build houses that were permanent and could withstand persistent rainfall.

He said logistics provided by the Red Cross for the construction of each house included; 350 pieces of sandcrete blocks, 15 bags of cement, sand, stones, bitumen, roofing materials, and some cash to pay for the services of artisans.

“For the purposes of sustainability and sense of pride, beneficiaries also had a role to play in building better houses for themselves.”

“Beyond the building structures, we have provided beneficiaries with tree seedlings to plant around the houses to serve as a windbreak,” he added.

Lawyer Akwafo commended the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) and the Department of Rural Housing for their collaborative efforts in ensuring a successful completion of the project.

Madam Tangoba Abayage, the Upper East Regional Minister and Parliamentary Candidate for Navrongo Central constituency, bemoaned the negative effects the perennial floods had on the region.

She called on residents to prepare for rains during the harmattan season by patching and plastering their homes to increase their resilience and urged beneficiaries to maintain the houses properly to serve as a motivation for replication of the project in other parts of the region.

Pe Dr. Pwakeah Atupaare Manchi III, the Paramount Chief of Mayoro traditional area, on behalf of the beneficiaries, commended GRCS and their partners for the intervention.

He said the situation was an affront to their dignity as the people were homeless and living in fear of the annual rains.

MasterCard Foundation Supports Ghana Red Cross Society in Its COVID-19 Response

The MasterCard Foundation has supported the Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS) in its response against the spread of the novel Coronavirus.

The MasterCard Foundation based in Canada has given the GRCS an amount of $645,000 for its operations in areas including risk communications, social mobilization, hardware and kits supply as well as organizational development.

Mr Sameul Kofi Addo, General Secretary General of GRCS, in his address at the national launch of its response announced that the support from the MasterCard Foundation would see four regions including Western, Volta, Central and Ashanti Region benefit from the support.

We are grateful to the MasterCard Foundation for this life-saving support and we at the GRCS would make sure funds are used for its desired purpose in the four selected regions.

“It is important for us to strengthen our action steps, strengthening and building community resilience against the Covid-19 pandemic.

He appealed to corporate organizations to channel their support through the GRCS who specialize in disaster management.

Mr Kwesi Djokoto, Deputy Volta Regional Director of Public Health and Chairman for the occasion said that “The response to Covid-19 is not something only meant for the Health Service. We would have fallen flat if it were to be.

“So I want to thank the MasterCard Foundation for this important initiative and it further underlines the collaboration that has been going on in the region.

After the launch of the national response, some Personal Protective Equipment’s (PPEs) including face masks and sanitizers donated to some market women at the Ahoe market in Ho.

GRCS pilots new medium of information dissemination in UER

The Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS) has started a pilot communication strategy project in five communities in the Upper East Region aimed at reducing disaster risk.

The project is been carried out in collaboration with the Swiss Red Cross involves mounting speaker polls through which Community Disaster Preparedness and Response Team (CDPRT) volunteers in the communities could share messages on disaster risk management.

The project which is expected to last for as long as the volunteers can manage it is expected to give better services, to reach all remote communities and settlements that need such information to manage, reduce risks, and vulnerability, since the traditional media could not do that.

Mr Paul Wooma, the Upper East Regional Manager of GRCS said this when he presented some logistics to the Community Disaster Preparedness and Response Team (CDPRT) volunteers to aid them in their duties.

The initiative was part of the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Programme of the GRCS which seeks to identify hazard-prone areas and prepare response strategies to ensure that its impact on people and their livelihoods are lessened.

The items presented to the volunteers included pickaxes, spades, megaphones, cutlasses, and Wellington boots.

The rest are bicycles, rakes, hand gloves, wheelbarrows, and speaker polls.

Mr Wooma said the items were strategic considering the wake of the novel Coronavirus when people needed to take cleanliness more seriously to protect themselves against the disease.

Communities within the Bongo district that are benefitting from the pilot project are Aniakunkua, Azoosidana, Atonobugrim, Akeeba, and Akana.

Bon-Naba Baba Salifu Atamale Lemyaarum, the Paramount Chief of the Bongo Traditional Area commended GRCS for its humanitarian works in the area.

He said a nation that did not take disaster risk management seriously was bound to be doomed as disaster could not be ruled out completely in the world.

Bon-Naba Lemyaarum said tree planting was a serious component in disaster risk reduction as it had the potential to restore the degraded environment in the area and urged community members to incorporate tree planting into their daily activities.

Mr Peter Ayimbisa, the District Chief Executive of Bongo, commended the CDPRT volunteers for their voluntary services and asked that the items be used to the benefit of the whole district.

He said although it was the duty of government to provide the local assemblies with such items, the government could not do it exclusively.

GRCS donates mango seedlings to community volunteers

The Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS) in collaboration with the Swiss Red Cross has donated some mango seedlings to Community Disaster Preparedness and Response Teams (CDPRTs) volunteers in four districts across the Upper East Region.

The districts are; Binduri, Nabdam, Bongo districts and Kessena Nankana Municipal.

Presenting the seedlings to the volunteers, Mr Paul Wooma, the Upper East Regional Manager of the GRCS, said his outfit had embarked on a programme dubbed Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), to train the volunteers as Community Disaster Preparedness and Response Teams (CDPRTs).

He said the volunteers were taken through a series of training to identify hazard prevalence and response strategies, to prepare them and their communities on disaster risk response, to ensure that the impact of disaster on the people and their livelihoods were reduced.

“The volunteers, identified tree growing as one of the ways to reduce the impact of windstorm and other climate change effects, yet it was hardly practised in the communities, so they appealed to the project to assist them with economically viable trees.

“We decided to assist each of the four districts with 500 mango seedlings to plant in their homestead to serve as windbreak and also as a source of livelihood”, he said.

Mr Wooma commended the volunteers for their sacrificial work over the years, saying that the mango seedlings was a gesture to spur them on.
The Regional Manager told the volunteers that huge sums of investments were made in getting the seedlings and transporting it over to their doorsteps hence volunteers should reciprocate the gesture by nurturing the trees properly.

He was thankful to the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) for collaborating with them in their activities to alleviate the suffering of humanity.

Mr Cletus Bugbil, the Binduri District organizer of CDPRTs was grateful to GRCS and pledged to supervise the tree growing to ensure that the trees were well nurtured.

Mr Bugbil appealed for farm tools such as wheelbarrows, shovels, life jacket, pickaxe and others to help them in their farming activities as well as growing the trees.

The DRR project also distributed 800 face masks across the four districts to aid in the fight against the novel Coronavirus.

GRCS donates to mothers’ clubs in UER

The Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS) has donated 500 bags of fertilizer to Mothers’ clubs in six districts across the Upper East Region.

The areas include Pusiga, Nabdam, Binduri, Bongo, Tongo, and Kassena Nankana Municipal.
Donating a total of 150 bags each to the women in Pusiga and Binduri districts, Mr Paul Wooma, the Upper East Regional Manager of GRCS, said the Mothers’ clubs were a group of volunteers that aid his organization to implement its Maternal and New Born Health project.

He said through the efforts of the clubs, the maternal mortality rate had reduced drastically in their various communities.

“The women appealed for support in the form of farm inputs to help improve their farming activities which are their main source of livelihood but the GRCS could not afford it so we went to the Regional Minister, Madam Tangoba Abayage, who presented us with the 500 bags of fertilizer to be donated to the women as a token for their sacrificial work towards humanity”.

The Regional Manager said that even though it was not enough to meet the needs of the women, it will go a long way to help them in their farming activities.

Mr Zubeiru Abdulai, the Chief Executive of the Pusiga District, who was present at the presentation, commended the women for their good work and urged them to continue working for their communities, pledging his support.

He urged them to desist from making their children work on the farm when they should be in school as that could be detrimental to their future since basic education was a gateway to ensure that every child gets a brighter future.

Madam Juliana Atiiga, the organizer of one of the clubs, expressed gratitude to GRCS and the Upper East Regional minister for the support.

She said they would continue to volunteer their services whenever it was needed as service to their communities was a pleasure to them.

Source: GNA

Red Cross Society intensifies education on COVID-19

The Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS) says while the Coronavirus pandemic still ravages through the country, it will continue to strengthen its sensitisation and outreach programs to reach persons across the Upper West Region.

Over the past few weeks, the GRCS has been visiting market centres, lorry stations and other social gatherings to reiterate to residents the need to adhere to all health and safety protocols.

The Upper West Regional Manager of the GRCS, Jeremiah Afako said the exercises have become necessary after the realisation that messages of COVID-19 had not reached all parts of the region— particularly the remote areas.

Speaking to GBC at Wa, Mr Afako disclosed that the exercise is currently ongoing in some 5 Municipals and Districts in the region. They are Wa Municipal, Nadowli/Kaleo District, Lawra Municipal, Nandom Municipal and the Lambussie District.

According to Mr Afako, the areas were chosen based on a number of risk analysis factors. He said a critical look at the selected areas will show that they are places closer to neighbouring Burkina Faso or places with high volume of people.

The Upper West Regional Manager of GRCS further cautioned residents in the Upper West Region to remain vigilant. He said despite the high recoveries and discharges, the country is still not out of the woods. He said it is essential that “as a country, we work towards breaking the transmission”.

Mr Afako encouraged the wearing of nose mask and the constant washing of hands with running water and soap or with alcohol-based sanitizers.

Source: GNA

COVID-19: Ghana Red Cross Society Receives US$150,000.00 from Supreme Master Ching Hai

 

The Supreme Master Ching Hai International has donated an amount of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars (US$150,000) to the Ghana Red Cross Society as its contribution to the fight against the novel, Coronavirus in Ghana.

The donation of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars (US$150,000) equivalent to Eight Hundred and Thirty-Three Thousand, Three Hundred Ghana Cedis (GHc 833,300) is as a response to an appeal made by the Ghana Red Cross Society to organizations, corporate institutions as well individuals to enable them support government’s effort to combat the pandemic (COVID-19) in the country.

The Ghana Red Cross Society, one of the largest humanitarian organisation in the country is a member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) which was established by an Act of Parliament as an auxiliary to the government to provide relief to the suffering of most vulnerable in times of emergency.

Receiving the Cheque of US$150,000 from the Supreme Master Ching Hai International through its Local Branch here in Ghana at a ceremony at the headquarters of the Ghana Red Cross in Accra, the President of the Society, Lawyer Gyimah-Akwafo thanked the Supreme Master for her kind gesture and her humanitarian works across the globe.

He, therefore, assured the Country local representative of the Supreme Master International of making good use of this amount as Ghana Red Cross Society is committed and determined to complement government efforts to reverse the spread of COVID-19 pandemic and its socioeconomic impact on the society.

“This amount of money would be put to the exact use it was meant for”, he assured the donors.

On their part, the Supreme Master Ching Hai International believes that this amount would go a long way to help the course and mandate of the Ghana Red Cross Society across the country.

And assured the Society of the Supreme Master Ching Hai Prayers and Mercy from Heaven as they collectively work together to fight the novel, Coronavirus.

In a related development, an organisation that seeks to transform lives through innovation, Project Maji also donated some Handwashing Stands to aid the Red Cross Society fight against COVID-19.

These Handwashing stands would enable one to be able to wash his or her hands without touching the tap of the Veronica bucket, hence easy washing of hands via stepping on a feet panel that opens the tap for the flow of water.

SITUATION UPDATE, COVID-19 OUTBREAK IN GHANA AS AT 27 APRIL 2020

PREVENTIVE MEASURES FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC

  1. Stay at home; Observe social distancing; Avoid handshaking
  2. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  3. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, dispose the tissue in a closed bin, and then wash your hands.
  4. Always wear a mask particularly if you have to leave home
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects or surfaces such as remote controls and doorknobs.
  7. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  8. Stay home if you are sick. Call your doctor if you develop fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing call any of the following toll-free numbers: 112, 0509497700 & 0558439868.

Source: https://www.ghanahealthservice.org/covid19/archive.php