The National Coordinator for Ghana Civil Society Organization (CSOs) Platform on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Kwadwo Oteng Owusu, has disclosed that dissemination of information on Covid-19 was mostly concentrated in the urban areas to the neglect of the rural areas.
In an interview on TV3’s Covid-19 360, he said the virus spread to most part of the countries especially the rural areas even before the information on it got.
He said: “Information reaching the urban areas seem to be concentrated in the bigger areas like Kumasi, Accra. The urgency that you see in Accra doesn’t seem to be exist beyond Sunyani.”
He further revealed that with the help of Star Ghana, they were able to raise close to GH¢100,000 to support the needy during the lockdown.
“During the pandemic, we mobilized funds with the support of Star Ghana to raise close to GH¢100,000 to buy food items to the aged and acquisition of facemasks.”
Executive Assistant Secretary Rev. Senior Regina Ignatia Aflah, for her part, added that during the outbreak the vulnerable, especially ‘kayayei’ didn’t have any form of media to enable them have access to the president’s updates on measures to curb the spread of the virus.
“We realized from the onset of the outbreak, the president has always been on the television to address the Covid-19 but unfortunately these people did not have the opportunity to listen to the president, so it really affected them. Most of them didn’t have television so they didn’t really understand what was going on.”
She further revealed that with the support of Caritas, a religious group, they were also able to give out to the vulnerable during the Covid period.
“With support from Taiwan government, we donated PPE and face mask to health workers to protect them as they work,” she said.
She also made mention of training and empowering ‘kayayei’ on how to earn a living in this era of Covid-19.
By Regina Saka|3news.com|Ghana