The Lebanese Community in Ghana has received commendation for its complementary efforts to Ghana’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The community, through its humanitarian outreach programme, had been instrumental in the education to create awareness on the pandemic amongst the citizenry, while also feeding the frontline health workers, the security, the needy and underprivileged in the society.

The President of Queen Mother’s Association of Ghana who doubled  as Queen mother of Kayera near Offinso in the Ashanti Region, Nana Serwaa Bonsu, admonished various humanitarian  organisations to get involved in the fight against the novel coronavirus in order to manage the impact of the pandemic. Nana Serwaa Bonsu made the appealed in Kumasi  on the  sideline  of a presentation of food items to be given to  the needy in her traditional area by the Lebanese Community in Ashanti region.called for a shared responsibility to effectively manage the deadly pandemic.

The items donated to be distributed to the poor at Kayera, whose plight had been worsened since the outbreak of the pandemic were  boxes containing assorted food items, including canned fish, rice, cooking oil, variety of fruit juice and energy drinks, spaghetti and bottled water.

The Queen Mother called  for  a collective shared responsibility to effectively manage the deadly pandemic. She appealed to other humanitarian organizations to emulate the Lebanese example, saying those kind gestures by the latter would help to further deepen bi-lateral relations between Ghana and Lebanon for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

The Spokesperson of the Lebanese Community in the Region, Haidab Hany Salah urged the people to observe strict adherence to the health protocols instituted to containing the pandemic.

He appealed to the public to continue to observe health protocols  and to keep social distance as much as possible. The Immediate past former Ashanti Regional Chairman of the Ghana Tourism Federation and an Executive Member of the Lebanese Community in Ghana, Ahmed Naaman, commended government for the decisive measures taken to curb the spread of COVID-19. He noted that COVID-19 had disrupted every aspect of human life. Mr. Ahmed Naaman, however disclosed that the outbreak of COVID-19, has taken a toll on many local and international businesses, though government has instituted a stimulus packages for SMEs, little has been said about post-covid-19 fate of businesses.

He has therefore expressed gratitude to government for collating data from affected businesses to ensure business continuity after the corona virus pandemicGhana had recorded 5,735. confirmed cases, with 1,754 recoveries and 29 deaths, according to the latest report posted on the Ghana Health Service’s COVID-19 portal. In terms of the regional breakdown, the Greater Accra region still leads with 4,314 cases, followed by the Ashanti region with 818 cases.

The Central region now has 210 cases whilst the Eastern and Western regions have 99 and 98 cases respectively. Savannah, Ahafo and Bono East remain the only regions without a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Source: thenewsmangh/Razak Baba

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