The Chief of Namoalug, Nab Kolsong Na-Laam Nyuurib, has distributed nose masks to members of his community as part of the activities he has mapped out to protect his people from the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
He is the first traditional leader in the Upper East Region to share out anti-COVID-19 nose protectors, according to development watchers.
Joyful-looking members of the community took turns to receive the protective cover from the accountant-turned-chief on Monday at Namoalug, an area in the eastern wing of the Talensi District. He also donated a hand-washing bucket (Veronica bucket), nose masks and hand sanitisers to the Presbyterian Health Centre in the community.
“Our gathering this morning specifically has to do with a contribution I have got to make as part of my duty as a chief to protect my people. I am also entreating all and sundry to continue to observe the COVID-19 protocol of social distancing, use of hand sanitisers and washing of hands under running water among others.
“Let us also do as we are told by the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, by wearing nose masks to protect ourselves from the deadly virus. I wish to conclude by saying we should not panic in the COVID-19 situation we find ourselves today. If we can just follow the preventive measures recommended by experts, we can weather the COVID-19 storm,” the chief remarked when he donated the anti-COVID-19 items to the health centre.
Whilst appealing to benevolent individuals and “well-wishers” in the district to support the health centre in like manner, the chief also announced plans to extend his donations to other health facilities in the district in due course.
Tindongo Market observes Social Distancing
Although traders at the Tindongo Market, which also serves the people of Namoalug, are complying with the COVID-19 social distancing protocol, some opinion leaders strongly think there is a need to decongest the market to keep the deadly virus at bay.
“So many measures have been put in place. We have an information centre within the market where we have a routine announcement on the disease. Just two days ago, with the support of the police service, we went into the market and talked to them about social distancing.
“We have Veronica buckets put at vantage points within the market. We are encouraging homes to use tippy taps. I just spoke to the [Talensi] District Assembly this evening to come in to support so that we decongest the market and reposition them to ensure we don’t record any case,” the Assemblyman for the Tindongo-Namoalug Electoral Area, Simon Zaamaare, told the press at the donation ceremony.
Harriet Mijimah Nyewan, a Ghana Health Service (GHS) officer in charge of the Namolgo-Kpatia Sub-District, thanked the chief on behalf of the Talensi District Health Directorate, saying: “We can’t say much. We are very grateful. To have a father like you is good for us. Thank you for thinking about us the health staff and, then, your community members.”
By Edward Adeti, Upper East Region, Daily Mail GH