Da-Balorror Stephen Sabo🤓: Wa West: DCE, DDHS, Other Stakeholders Hold 2nd COVID-19 Consultative Meeting at Wechiau

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Da-Balorror Stephen Sabo🤓: Wa West: DCE, DDHS, Other Stakeholders Hold 2nd COVID-19 Consultative Meeting at Wechiau

The Wa West District Assembly, in collaboration with the Wa West District Directorate of Health Services held their Second Stakeholders Consultative Meeting at the Wa West District Assembly’s Conference Hall, Wechiau on Tuesday, 24/03/2020

This was part of measures to support our individual and collective efforts to improve and ensure our collective social struggle to reduce the spread of the novel pandemic-COVID-19.
This consultative meeting was put in place following the directive given by the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo after the Upper West Regional Minister, Hon. Dr. Hafiz Salih duly launched the Upper West Chapter of the Campaign against the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday.

The President’s directive also involves a clarion call for the public to desist from congregating and adherence to social distancing protocols , as well as travelling restrictions imposed in the country, as a mitigative measure against the pandemic.

The infamous Corona virus pandemic first started in China, Wuhan, in December, 2019 and has a current global total cases of about 395,647 with over 17,241 deaths. Out of this, 103,317 have completely recovered globally from the menace.

COVID-19, which was officially recorded in Ghana less than 2 weeks ago, has a total of 53 cases with 2 deaths and 51 undergoing treatment.

Recent updates indicate that over 25 new cases were recorded after samples of 611 suspected cases were taken, putting a total of 1,030 persons in mandatory quarantine.

The meeting, which was moderated by the hardworking Director of Health Services for Wa West, Mr. Cletus Veng, was graced by the District Chief Executive, Hon. Edward Sabo Laabiir and the District Coordinating Director, Alhaji Zaidu Tamimu.

The purpose of the meeting was to bring together all Assembly Members drawn from the 8 Electoral Areas and 37 communities sharing borders with Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast in the district.

The meeting was equally attended by all the Unit Committee Chair Persons dotted across the 8 Electoral Areas sharing borders with Burkina Faso and Cote Di’Viour, The District Information Department, The District Environmental Health and Sanitation Unit, Representative of of the Traditional Authorities, The District Police Commander and other cooperate groups and individuals.

The purpose of the meeting was to consolidate the stakeholders consultatiions over the past week that would contribute substantially towards managing the the negative impacts of the novel COVID-19 menace in recent weeks.

The whole engagement, among others, was centered on various restrictive entry /unapproved points of entry to the country to curb imported cases the deadly virus and it’s accompanying social panic.

The consultative meeting also created the needed platform for participants to have detailed discussions on the following themes so as to speed up efforts towards reducing imported cases:
1. The total number of electoral areas sharing borders with Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast.
2.The total number of boarder communities in such electoral areas.
3.Key stakeholders to engage in the Sensitization campaign.
4.Ways of revamping social mobilization against the pandemic/Public Education Efforts.
5. Roles of Stakeholders and community members in restricting movement at the boarder communities.
6. Efforts towards reducing/postponing all social gatherings including funeral ceremonies, Outdooring, Marriage rites, religious sessions with large crowd and immediate burial of corpses.

The following major key stakeholders were identified and tasked to execute various activities across the district:
1. The Wa West District Assembly
2. The District Directorate of Health Services
3. Traditional Authority
4. Assembly members
5. Unit Committee Members
6. The Environmental Health and Sanitation Unit of the District Assembly
7. The District Information Department
8.National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE)
9. The Security Agencies (Police and Military)
10. GPRTU of TUC etc

In his address, the DCE, Hon. Edward Sabo Laabiir expressed appreciation for the useful inputs made by all stakeholders present towards reducing the COVID-19 menace to the nearest minimum. He assured the stakeholders the Assembly’s commitment towards collaborating efforts in fighting the epidermic. He outlined a number of plans towards the pandemic fight which include:
1. Making available public address systems to embark on membership education and sensitization across all markets with effect from Wednesday, 25/03/2020. Gurungu and Poyentanga Markets shall be the first markets to benefit from this innovative initiative from Wednesday, 25/03/2020 onwards.
2. Making available some fuel and other logistics to enable stakeholders use their means of transport to execute and monitor the sentization campaigns
3. Drilling boreholes across all Markets without boreholes to make available portable water for hand washing activities
4. Forming Public Sensitization Campaign Teams to visit Markets and other social gatherings to revamp the sensitization efforts
5. Providing resources, facilitating and coordinating efforts towards promoting hand washing with soap, social distance and use of sanitizers
6. Ensuring trans-border consultative engagements with Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast towards fighting COVID-19 pandemic through the print, electric and social media platforms
7.Support efforts towards using the District Information Vans and Public Address Systems at communities and markets, etc

He concluded his address by indicating that since recent discoveries confirm that COVID-19 can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including areas with hot and humid weather conditions, all community members across the Wa West District are encouraged to adopt protective measures as we live or travelling to areas reporting COVID-19.

He emphasized that the best way to protect oneself is to frequently wash one’s hands with soap under running water or clean hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizers, avoiding handshakes, covering mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and sneezing, immediately disposing off the tissue as well as adhering to social distancing protocols.

Wechiau, Baleufili, Bakpama, Tokali, Dornye, Dabo and Buka Electoral Areas were fully represented by their Assembly members and Unit Committee Chairpersons to contribute to the success of the programme. The Assemblyman for Siiru Electoral Area, Hon. Richard Wullo, was in attendance and made very useful inputs as well.

Da-Balorror Stephen Sabo
Wechiau
0241423490
[3/25, 12:06] Da-Balorror Stephen Sabo🤓: Wa West: DCE, DDHS, Other Stakeholders Hold 2nd COVID-19 Consultative Meeting at Wechiau

The Wa West District Assembly, in collaboration with the Wa West District Directorate of Health Services held their Second Stakeholders Consultative Meeting at the Wa West District Assembly’s Conference Hall, Wechiau on Tuesday, 24/03/2020

This was part of measures to support our individual and collective efforts to improve and ensure our collective social struggle to reduce the spread of the novel pandemic-COVID-19.
This consultative meeting was put in place following the directive given by the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo after the Upper West Regional Minister, Hon. Dr. Hafiz Salih duly launched the Upper West Chapter of the Campaign against the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday.

The President’s directive also involves a clarion call for the public to desist from congregating and adherence to social distancing protocols , as well as travelling restrictions imposed in the country, as a mitigative measure against the pandemic.

The infamous Corona virus pandemic first started in China, Wuhan, in December, 2019 and has a current global total cases of about 395,647 with over 17,241 deaths. Out of this, 103,317 have completely recovered globally from the menace.

COVID-19, which was officially recorded in Ghana less than 2 weeks ago, has a total of 53 cases with 2 deaths and 51 undergoing treatment.

Recent updates indicate that over 25 new cases were recorded after samples of 611 suspected cases were taken, putting a total of 1,030 persons in mandatory quarantine.

The meeting, which was moderated by the hardworking Director of Health Services for Wa West, Mr. Clifford Veng, was graced by the District Chief Executive, Hon. Edward Sabo Laabiir, the District Coordinating Director, Alhaji Zaidu Tamimu and the Wa West District Police Commander, Supt Sebastian Dery.

The purpose of the meeting was to bring together all Assembly Members drawn from the 8 Electoral Areas and 37 communities sharing borders with Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast in the district.

The meeting was equally attended by all the Unit Committee Chair Persons dotted across the 8 Electoral Areas sharing borders with Burkina Faso and Cote Di’Viour, The District Information Department, The District Environmental Health and Sanitation Unit, Representative of of the Traditional Authorities, The District Police Commander and other cooperate groups and individuals.

The purpose of the meeting was to consolidate the stakeholders consultatiions over the past week that would contribute substantially towards managing the the negative impacts of the novel COVID-19 menace in recent weeks.

The whole engagement, among others, was centered on various restrictive entry /unapproved points of entry to the country to curb imported cases the deadly virus and it’s accompanying social panic.

The consultative meeting also created the needed platform for participants to have detailed discussions on the following themes so as to speed up efforts towards reducing imported cases:
1. The total number of electoral areas sharing borders with Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast.
2.The total number of boarder communities in such electoral areas.
3.Key stakeholders to engage in the Sensitization campaign.
4.Ways of revamping social mobilization against the pandemic/Public Education Efforts.
5. Roles of Stakeholders and community members in restricting movement at the boarder communities.
6. Efforts towards reducing/postponing all social gatherings including funeral ceremonies, Outdooring, Marriage rites, religious sessions with large crowd and immediate burial of corpses.

The following major key stakeholders were identified and tasked to execute various activities across the district:
1. The Wa West District Assembly
2. The District Directorate of Health Services
3. Traditional Authority
4. Assembly members
5. Unit Committee Members
6. The Environmental Health and Sanitation Unit of the District Assembly
7. The District Information Department
8.National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE)
9. The Security Agencies (Police and Military)
10. GPRTU of TUC etc

In his address, the DCE, Hon. Edward Sabo Laabiir expressed appreciation for the useful inputs made by all stakeholders present towards reducing the COVID-19 menace to the nearest minimum. He assured the stakeholders the Assembly’s commitment towards collaborating efforts in fighting the epidermic. He outlined a number of plans towards the pandemic fight which include:
1. Making available public address systems to embark on membership education and sensitization across all markets with effect from Wednesday, 25/03/2020. Gurungu and Poyentanga Markets shall be the first markets to benefit from this innovative initiative from Wednesday, 25/03/2020 onwards.
2. Making available some fuel and other logistics to enable stakeholders use their means of transport to execute and monitor the sentization campaigns
3. Drilling boreholes across all Markets without boreholes to make available portable water for hand washing activities
4. Forming Public Sensitization Campaign Teams to visit Markets and other social gatherings to revamp the sensitization efforts
5. Providing resources, facilitating and coordinating efforts towards promoting hand washing with soap, social distance and use of sanitizers
6. Ensuring trans-border consultative engagements with Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast towards fighting COVID-19 pandemic through the print, electric and social media platforms
7.Support efforts towards using the District Information Vans and Public Address Systems at communities and markets, etc

He concluded his address by indicating that since recent discoveries confirm that COVID-19 can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including areas with hot and humid weather conditions, all community members across the Wa West District are encouraged to adopt protective measures as we live or travelling to areas reporting COVID-19.

He emphasized that the best way to protect oneself is to frequently wash one’s hands with soap under running water or clean hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizers, avoiding handshakes, covering mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and sneezing, immediately disposing off the tissue as well as adhering to social distancing protocols.

Wechiau, Baleufili, Bakpama, Tokali, Dornye, Dabo and Buka Electoral Areas were fully represented by their Assembly members and Unit Committee Chairpersons to contribute to the success of the programme. The Assemblyman for Siiru Electoral Area, Hon. Richard Wullo, was in attendance and made very useful inputs as well.

*Da-Balorror
Stephen Sabo*
Wechiau
0241423490

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