The Ministry of Inner- City and Zongo Development through an initiative to empower indigenous Zongo businesses (Zongo Development Fund) in the country has produced 200,000 bottles of soap and hand sanitizer as well as one million pieces of face masks to be distributed across the country.
According to Minister in charge of the Ministry, Mustapha Hamid the initiative as part of the government’s effort in empowering less privileged communities and persons during this period of Coronavirus.
”We have gotten indigenous Zongo people to produce these products. We intend to distribute them across the country.
We have in all 200,000 bottles of soap and hand sanitizers and about 1 million face masks that we intend to distribute across the country in the next 3 months,” the minister said.
Mustapha Hamid, on Tuesday, April 21 launched the ZoFD branded products which were produced by Focus Women Network, an entrepreneurship organization for Zongo women.
He remarked that inner cities and Zongo communities, which are undoubtedly the most vulnerable, would be most negatively impacted by the ravages of COVID-19 and therefore, more attention was needed to shield them.
The Minister further noted that through efforts of the Zongo Ministry, a group of volunteers, comprising health professionals have been gathered to educated indigenes of Zongo communities on safety measures amidst concerns of Coronavirus.
”We decided as the president policy says said we should empower our local businesses. At the back of this, there are Zongo health professionals who have volunteers for on the back of this for the next three months embark on education in the Zongo communities on how to protect ourselves from COVID 19,” he said.
”In the period of the lockdown, the Ministry of Inner City and Zongo Development distributed food items made up of Rice, Gari, Beans and so on.
Being our share of the governments’ food package for the Lockdown period.
Because the government priorities Zongo communities, as part of the 400,000 households that the government targeted for the distribution of food, we were also given a responsibility to do nearly 20,000 households within our areas of jurisdiction,” he added.