The Zongo Girls for Education (Zonged GH), a non-governmental organization(NGO) that advocates for adolescent and female education and health in Zongo and deprived communities, has embarked on a special nationwide COVID-19 campaign targeted at Zongo Communities.
Even though there is an ongoing national COVID-19 campaign spearheaded by the government and allied health agencies, the group has identified a special concern regarding the threat of COVID-19 to Zongo communities and the need to focus their campaign there.
Executive Director of ZONGED GH, Safia Abdallah Raabo, who is also a public health expert, said Muslims perform ablution at least five times per day and it is important for them to wash their hands with soap under running water before they start the ablution.
“Washing of hands with soap under running water is the main preventive campaign.
But we have realised that because Muslims perform ablution at least five times a day, many of them don’t wash their hands with soap before performing ablution.
And with ablution, your hand gets into direct contact with tour mouth, nose and eyes that is why we have embarked on this project to inform people on COVID -19 prevention and management protocols,” said Safia in an interview.
“In this campaign, we also debunk myths surrounding the disease and allay the fears and panic that has been created,” she added.