The Second Deputy Speaker of Ghana Parliament and MP for the Nadowli/Kaleo Constituency, the Rt. Hon. Alban S.K Bagbin, has donated an amount of Ghc20,000.00 to the Nadowli/Kaleo District Health Directorate and the Nadowli/Kaleo District Police Command towards the fight against the deadly Corona virus (COVID-19 ).
This intervention is in response to the wild spread of the Corona virus which has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization, due to its devastating effect on many nations across the globe. According to available statistics (www.worldometer.info, 2020), COVID-19 has so far infected 408,892 people and 18,259 deaths, worldwide. Locally, the disease has contracted about fifty two (52) people with two (2) deaths reported.
The intervention by the MP is expected to support sensitization campaigns at the Nadowli/Kaleo Constituency against the spread of the disease.
Mr Bagbin has also donated 300 and 40 vials of certified anti-snake venom and rabies vaccines respectively at an estimated cost of Ghc160,000.00 to the Nadowli/Kaleo District Health Directorate to support quality health care delivery in the district. This donation is in line with efforts to mitigate the increasing cases of mortalities of snake and dog bites in the district, reported during this year’s District Health Review Symposium. The initiative is to also meet the demands of patients as well as remove cost barriers as the vaccines are free for all patients.
In a related development, the veteran Member of Parliament has released funds to the District Education Directorate for the payment of all allowances of beneficiaries under the MP’s Graduate Employment Scheme (Teaching module) who have been teaching in various schools across the length and breath of the constituency.
In 2018, the MP directed the Nadowli/Kaleo District Assembly, in collaboration with the District Education Directorate, to recruit qualified unemployed graduates from the district to teach in various schools within the constituency as a measure of curbing unemployment among graduates as well as improve the standard of education in the district.