In our capacities to control the vast spread of the world deadly novel coronavirus, the Programme Director for Muslim Family Counselling Services (MFCS), Mohammed Bun Bida said Ghana cannot succeed in the fight of covid-19 without education. Education, he said, will equip people living in the remote communities who can’t acquire the services of internet and television sets to have first-hand information of covid-19 virus and government should as a matter of national interest resource the NCCE and Department of Social Welfare to extend education to the communities.
Mohammed Bun Bida who in several years engaged his services with the remote communities, can say with authority that most people are yet to have an in depth knowledge of the virus and urge government to enforce on community education so as to enforce the public to adhere to WHO protocols.
According to him, MFCS in collaboration with other civil society organisations have contributed their quota in the fight of covid-19, of which he mentioned; Muslim Professional, Kumasi Street Children Project, Seed Foundation, Chance for Children, CSOS Platforms on SDGs, United Way Ghana and supported by Street Invest from the United Kingdom (UK). Through this gesture, they were able to present food items… rice, beans, gari, oil including 50 boxes of alcohol based hand sanitizers, 3 books of carbolic soap, 20 veronica buckets focusing mainly on street children in the affected regions and beyond to support children living on the streets. Adding 20 households and over 1000 streets –connected children were fed daily during the partial lock down. However, the gesture is still in progress where the outfit will continue to support the vulnerable ones in society in the era of covid-19 pandemic.
The programme Director told ayamultimedia that the covid-19 is a world pandemic and government cannot fight the unseen virus alone. Hence calling on the president through the Ministry of Gender and Social Welfare, and the Ministry of Finance to as a matter urgency resource the Department of Social Welfare, NCCE, the CSO’S by given them credence to partner with government in their expedition to help combat the covid-19 pandemic.
As the world is investing both human and financial on strenuous measures to control the virus, the economy is also weakening daily. Thus the government of Ghana should constitute well-defined innovative methodologies to moderate the collapse of our economy and prepare for future pandemic.