A campaign to create awareness on the novel coronavirus pandemic, food safety, clean cook stoves and cooking fuel sanitation among others with the aim of bringing sanity into various markets across the country has been undertaken within three marketplaces in the Greater Accra Region.
The exercise which was on the theme: “Championing Food Safety & Covid-19 Management” saw the campaign team toured the Taifa main market, Taifa Borkina market and Kwabenya Satellite market where they interacted with traders on the need to strictly adhere to the health protocols of COVID-19 as well as adopt food safety, proper hygiene and sanitation measures to always remain safe.
The campaign is an initiative of Work Partnership International (WPI) Ghana, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) committed to improving food safety and promotion of proper sanitation among others in the country.
Hilda Naa Aku Adjei, the Founder and Executive Director of Work Partnership International Ghana, said the rationale behind the campaign was to empower and enlighten traders within various markets within the country on the need to adopt good hygiene practices that can lead to good health and well-being at all times.
“We believe this programme will boost morale and encourage traders to adopt good hygiene practices which is good for food safety practices and can also lead to behavioral change. We are aware most of these women are are not privy to what is happening within the global world to help them protect their lives including that of their family members is key,” she said.
She named the Ghana Oil Company (GOIL) as the sole sponsor of the project and commended their effort in supporting the initiative. She called on other organizations and individuals to emulate their kind gesture to promote the agenda.
The Market Queen of the Taifa Market, Queen Mercy Anane charged the market women to take the sensitization exercise seriously and ensure they adhere to all the safety measures suggested by the WPI Ghana campaigners. While commending the WPI Ghana for the good gestures, the elated market queen called for the sustainability of the project to achieve maximum result and impact.