The Executive Director of GNPC Foundation, Dr. Dominic Eduah, says the coronavirus epidemic is likely to affect its five-year set target of impacting the lives of 10,000 Ghanaians.
Dr. Eduah said this when the GNPC Foundation presented over 150 Veronica buckets, 2,000 sanitizers and other disinfectants to selected markets in the Western Region.
The Executive Director of GNPC Foundation, Dominic Eduah, speaking to Citi News said it is GNPC Foundation’s hope to protect the very people it seeks to better their lots with interventions from the Coronavirus which is now a threat.
“Our vision as GNPC Foundation is to impact 10 million lives in the next five years. But we kept asking ourselves if we don’t help to stop this Coronavirus epidemic, where are we going to get this 10 million lives to impact in the next five or ten years? Hence a decision was taken for us to donate these items to the major markets across the region, to the Regional House of Chiefs to also present to the paramountcies in the region as well as other key Hospitals in the region. Not only Veronica Buckets, but we are also adding tissues, soaps and sanitizers. This is to support this campaign against coronavirus spread.”
Dr. Eduah also admonished Ghanaians to as much as possible adhere to the social distancing and other measures.
“We are pleading with Ghanaians to recognize that social distancing is the best way to go and even if it means staying at home. We have the Veronica buckets for hand washing, so if you cannot stay at home, regular hand washing will be helpful. Please practice personal hygiene at the highest level and we will all be safe.“
The GNPC presentation event also brought together prominent personalities in the region including the Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko Mensah, Paramount Chief of Essikado Traditional Area, Nana Kobina Nketsia, the Minister for Tourism, Art and Culture, Barbara Oteng Gyasi and the Mayor of Sekondi-Takoradi, Anthony K. K Sam who participated in a hand-washing simulation at the Takoradi Market Circle.
The Sekondi-Takoradi Mayor, Anthony K. K. Sam, warned that the assembly will soon start arresting parents who allow their children to sell at the markets amidst the current increase in coronavirus cases.
“What is worrying now is the large numbers of children who are selling at the market circle. Government by way of preventive measure against coronavirus infection closed the schools to allow the students to stay in the house and not to sell at the market. So from tomorrow going we shall start arresting parents who allow their children to sell at the market. This is to prevent any spread through the children.”
The GNPC Foundation plans to extend its presentation of Veronica Buckets and disinfectants to other regions after distributions in the Western Region.