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COVID-19: NGO intensify fight; donates hands-free handwashing dispensers to facilities

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As the spread of the Coronavirus continuous to heighten, there is a need of constant washing of hands under running water with soap – a measure to reduce its spread.

Unfortunately, the usual ‘Veronica bucket’ could be a conduit of getting the virus from an infected person because of its contact with the user.

It is against this backdrop that the Participatory Action for Rural Development Alternatives (PARDA) with its partner, Oxfam Ghana has donated 9 hands-free handwashing dispensers to the Upper East Regional Health Directorate.

Among them include solar-powered fitted devices and timed sensors which stores the sun energy for safe usage of the hands-free handwashing dispensers purposely to mitigate the spread of the virus.

These hands-free handwashing devices made from recycled barrel can be operated without using hands. The waste water from these facilities is disposed without being exposed to the user, making it much safer in a pandemic era.

These handwashing dispensers were donated for onward delivery to 6 rural health facilities and other institutions in the Upper East region to curb the spread of the virus.

“These dispensers are very critical especially at this time of our history that the Covid-19 that we experienced is increasing at a very geometric rate. Within the two weeks of January, it has not been easy for the Upper East region. Covid-19 is a serious disease and if care is not taken, we will be taken aback. Upper East region was having zero case but, currently, the region’s numbers have increased. We had a significant number of people who contracted the disease, thankfully, some survived, some died. That is why we are supporting the public with these items to help fight the virus”, Dr. Michael Wombeogo stated.

The Director of PARDA, Dr. Wombeogo spoke to the media during a brief handing over ceremony of the hands-free handwashing dispensers in Bolgatanga.

The beneficiary communities include; Sumbrungu in Bolgatanga Municipal, Zuarungu in Bolgatanga East District, Sakote in Nabdam district, Gorogo in Talensi District, Sapaliga in Bawku West district and Gia in the Kasena-Nakana Municipal.

Dr. Wombeogo while thanking Oxfam Ghana for its continuous support to the fight against the spread of the virus, called for a concerted effort to reduce its spread.

The Country Director for Oxfam Ghana, Tijani Hamza Ahmed stated that the donation formed part of Oxfam response to the fight against the spread of the virus which is worth over 500,000 euros.

“Across the country, 90 hands-free handwashing facilities are being distributed to 90 most deprived health centers. 9 of which are being presented to the Upper East region”, he stated.

Upper East Regional Deputy Director of Administration of the Ghana Health Services, Paschal Dongzuing said the issue of test results delaying is now a thing of the past as some health facilities in the region have been given the approval to run Covid-19 test.

He expressed worry that the virus infects mostly, health workers adding that the support by PARDA and Oxfam will serve as a remedy to reduce the spread of the virus.

Source: A1Radioonline.com| Joshua Asaah|101.1Mhz

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