Nana Kobina Nketia washing his hands during the ceremony
The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC)
Foundation as part of its social mandate to help prevent the spread of the
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has distributed some assorted items to various
markets in the region.
The items included veronica buckets, bottles of
hand sanitizers, gallons of hand washing soap, tissue papers, dustbins, hand
gloves and face masks among others which would be used by the market women as
well as customers visiting the markets.
Among the beneficiary markets were major markets
in Takoradi, Agona Nkwanta, Anyinase, Tarkwa, Bogoso, Sekondi, Wassa Akropong,
Assakae, Kojokrom and Asankragwaa as well as the offices of the Western
Regional House of Chiefs
Speaking on the objectives of the donation, Dr
Dominic Eduah, Executive Director of GNPC Foundation, said the donation formed
part of the foundation’s core mandates to promote health and safety through
health campaigns and interventions.
He said the vision of the foundation was to
impact 10 million lives in the next five years after a holistic impact
assessment as far as the foundation’s achievements were concerned.
“We kept asking ourselves how we could get the
10 million lives to impact if this pandemic was not stopped. So we decided to
support the fight against the spread of the disease by the distribution of these
items,” he said.
He indicated that the GNPC Foundation would follow
it up with more donations to major markets in other parts of the country.
The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture,
Babara Oteng Gyasi, who was present during the presentation, stressed the need
for traders in various market centres to practice good hygiene and social
distancing so as to limit the spread of the new Coronavirus disease.
The Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Chief
Executive, K.K Sam, told the market women that very soon the Takoradi market
would be shut to allow for disinfection and fumigation exercise as part of efforts
to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
He appealed to the traders not to allow their
children, who were currently at home, to follow them to market centres but
ensure that they stayed at home to read their books.
Present at the ceremony were the Western
Regional Minister, Kwabena Darko-Mensah; his Deputy, Gifty Kusi; the Omanhene
of Essikado Traditional Area, Nana Kobina Nketia V and the MCE for
Effia-Kwesimintsim Municipal Assembly (EKMA), Kojo Acquah.
From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi