As part of measures to step up awareness creation and reduce the spread of the corona virus disease in the Wassa East District (WEDA) of the Western Region, fifty (50) voluntary peer educators have been trained on COVID-19 prevention measures.

The volunteers drawn from 25 communities are expected to compliment the work of other mandated agencies such as the Ministry of Health, Information Services Department and the NCCE.
The programme was organized by World University Service of Canada (WUSC), an NGO and facilitated by the District Health Directorate, Information Services Department, Department of Social Welfare and the Community Development under the West African Governance and Economic Sustainability in Extractive Areas (WAGES) Project.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, the Field Coordinator of WAGES, Mr. Rusmond Anyinah said, although WAGES’ mandate is in mining and sustainable local economic development in Wassa East and Prestea Huni-Valley, they were compelled to assist Government’s efforts in achieving health for all by containing the spread of the virus.
He noted that one of the ways of doing that was by educating the people about the COVID-19 pandemic.
The District Director of Health, Emmanuel Affel Kum commended the volunteers for their selflessness in accepting to take up the responsibility to educate people within their community on COVID-19.
He, however, advised the volunteers to conduct their activities based on the information given to them by the facilitators and stay away from opinionated information.
A Health Promotion Officer and An Assistant Social Development Officer, Prince Atta Amanfo and Jewel Archer respectively schooled participants on topics such as how COVID-19 can be prevented, symptoms, transmission, techniques for hand washing and stigmatization among others.
For his part, the Wassa East District Information Officer, Frank Kwabena Danso underscored the need for the COVID-19 education to be done in the dialect or language the people can understand.

He expressed the hope that the education will yield the needed impact especially if volunteers communicate in the language of the people.
He further tasked them to factor in their target audience, the medium by which the education will be delivered to reach a larger audience as well as the time for the education.
According to him, the COVID-19 education should target each and every individual member of the community and advised the participants to use the Community Information Centers, Churches, Mosques among other far reaching mediums in their campaigns.
The volunteers were provided with educational materials, such as posters and leaflets and received two branded shirts, two face mask and hand sanitizers.
Source: Danquah
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