COVID-19: Vaccines alone will not end pandemic, warns IFRC

Mabaruma, Guyana: Melissa Lewis talks about staying safe and healthy during COVID-19, while the Guyana Red Cross team delivers hygiene kits to communities living along the rivers. These communities are impacted by COVID-19, and it is difficult to access cleaning and hygiene items because of distances and lockdown measures.

With COVID-19 vaccines rolling out across many countries, the world’s largest humanitarian network is once again warning that vaccines alone will not end the pandemic. People need to remain vigilant and continue to adhere to basic preventative measures that include physical distancing, wearing masks and handwashing.

Francesco Rocca, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), said:

The humbling reality is this pandemic is only gaining momentum, a stark reminder that vaccines alone will not end this fight. We all need to make sure that, in our optimism about vaccines, we do not forget the dangers of this virus or the actions we all need to take to protect ourselves and each other.

“COVID-19 is still killing thousands of people every single day. We each have a responsibility to stay vigilant and to practice the preventative measures that will curb the spread.

All people, even those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine, must continue to physically distance, stay home as much as possible, wear a mask to protect themselves and their communities and thoroughly wash their hands. Patience is key, and commitment is essential. The ability to keep each other safe and healthy is literally in our hands.”

A second variant, 501Y.V2, which was recently discovered in South Africa, has been detected in at least six additional countries, and comes at a time when the African continent is in the grips of its worst-ever COVID-19 period. Over the past four weeks, Africa has experienced a continuous increase in new cases and deaths.

The IFRC is also bracing for a further surge in cases following the holiday period, which saw millions of people around the world travel and gather with relatives and friends. A proven, consistent driver of the pandemic has been the gathering of people indoors from different households without face coverings or masks. The IFRC warns that countries should be prepared to see a possible increase in infections soon.

Emanuele Capobianco, IFRC’s Director of Health, said:

We are very concerned about this convergence of a potential false sense of security due to the rollout of vaccines, the emergence of new variants, and the impact of holiday-season travel. Our first line of defence against the virus remains our individual behaviour. Beyond this, the ability of Governments to take swift actions based on scientific evidence is also key to slowing down the pandemic.

Vaccines will help, but unless we all remain vigilant, and unless their deployment is accelerated across the world in a fair and equitable manner, the entire world remains at risk.”

Source:www.ifrc.org

Update on COVID -19 and the Necessary Measures to take.

COVID-19 Case Count per Region

S/N Region Case Count
1 Greater Accra Region 25,265
2 Ashanti Region 11,076
3 Western Region 3,025
4 Eastern Region 2,503
5 Central Region 1,940
6 Bono East Region 787
7 Volta Region 685
8 Western North Region 659
9 Bono Region 619
10 Northern Region 551
11 Ahafo Region 528
12 Upper East Region 359
13 Oti Region 243
14 Upper West Region 90
15 Savannah Region 62
16 North East Region 19

 

The Ministry of Health has through the Ghana Health Service issued a directive urging all Citizens to wear a Nose mask in all Public places where it is difficult to maintain Social Distancing.

The general public is encouraged to wear a mask covering when going out whether sick or not or attending to a sick person. The incorrect use of the face mask carries a high risk of infection. To avoid the contamination, infection or transmission of the virus, the following instructions are provided;

Procedures of wearing and removing a mask

  • Clean your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer before putting on a mask
  • Ensure that your mask fully covers your mouth and nose with no gaps between your face and mask
  • Avoid touching the mask after you have won it
  • Remove a mask by passing a finger through the loop of the mask behind one ear and lift off without touching the front of the mask- Never Touch The Front Of The Mask

Nestlé, Red Cross donate equipment and supplies to GHS to help support management of coronavirus cases

In the wake of COVID-19, Nestlé and the Ghana Red Cross Society partnered to support the fight against the pandemic.

Through the partnership, food and beverages were distributed to 50,000 families, non-functioning water points in selected markets are being rehabilitated, hand washing stations are provided at vantage locations to facilitate correct and frequent hand washing among others.

As part of the support, Medical and Personal Protective Equipment including 1 Anesthetic Machine, 1 Slit Lamp, 10 Infrared thermometers, 10 Digital BP testing apparatuses, 1 set of mobile ECG 6 channel, 1 set of mobile ECG 12 channel, patient monitor and 100 disposable gowns totaling GHS323,697 have been donated to the Tema General Hospital.

Dr. Anthony Ofosu, Deputy Director-General of the Ghana Health Service received the items on behalf of the Hospital to aid the management of COVID-19. In his remark, Dr. Ofosu thanked Nestlé Ghana and the Red Cross for their kind gesture.


“These equipment have come in at the right time and the use will go beyond COVID-19 and support the provision of other health services. We look forward to more collaboration to continue engaging and educating communities to continue keeping safe”.

According to Deborah Kwablah, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager at Nestlé Ghana, ensuring the health and wellbeing of individuals and families is important for the development of the nation.

“As the Good Food, Good Life company, Nestlé continues to play a significant role in providing accessible and affordable nutritious food and beverages while living our purpose of ‘unlocking the power of food to enhance the quality of life for everyone today, and for generations to come’.

I thank the Ghana Red Cross Society for their commitment to the partnership to touch lives. Our expectation is that these items will be put to good use to benefit those who seek health care’’.


Mr. Kwame Gyima-Akwafo, President of Red Cross thanked Nestlé Ghana for the cash donation for the equipment. As an auxiliary to Government, the Ghana Red Cross Society will continue to complement efforts in social mobilization, risk communication, and community engagement activities to help manage COVID-19 in Ghana.

Dr. Richard Anthony, Medical Director at Tema General Hospital receiving the equipment shared the hospital’s gratitude to Nestlé Ghana and Red Cross for the donation.

He highlighted that the equipment will go beyond the management of COVID-19 and will add to the resources of the hospital. He assured their commitment to take care of the equipment and use them for their purpose accordingly.

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.

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 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