Accra, Sept. 19, GNA - Ms Nellie Grace Yeboah, Miss Metropolitan Ghana 2020 has launched the Foundation of Queen Nellie project on the theme: "Intensifying Education on COVID-19 preventive protocols in Ghana".
The event held at the forecourt of the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Dzorwulu campus, drew participants from the public and saw performances from Sefashi de Poet and R-Tee.
Ms Yeboah, in her address, noted that COVID-19 was real and the world had already seen its devastating effects across all spheres from homes through to businesses and it was not too late to come together to create a better world for ourselves and other generations to come.
According to her, prevention was a better way to see an end of this epidemic torture adding that, "If we are to move forward with our fight against this global pandemic, our activism must be based on sharing information, knowledge, time, and resources".
Ms Yeboah seeks to embark on a tour as part of her project to some basic and senior high schools and communities to educate them on their role to play to achieve the overall aim of combating the pandemic and enhance Ghana’s development.
"Instilling in persons the need to cover the nose and mouth with a mask and proper disposals of same, effective handwashing and deliberate acts of keeping a distance to save lives are but a few of the objectives this project seeks to achieve within the shortest possible time," she said.
Mrs Kate Opoku, Country Leader, Let's Do It Ghana, the chairperson for the occasion stated that the waste management sector also had its fair share of the far-reaching consequences of Covid-19 as waste management challenges were exacerbated by the pandemic.
She noted that despite a reduction in industrial and commercial waste production due to the slowdown in manufacturing activity, hazardous waste production had significantly increased with higher production from the pharmaceutical and medical sectors.
According to her, the volume of medical waste had increased by up to 40 per cent according to reports as plastic products played significant roles in protecting people during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mrs Opoku revealed that the widespread use of personal protective gear created a massive disruption in the supply chain and waste disposal system, millions of discarded single-use plastics like masks, gloves, aprons, and bottles of sanitizers were added to the terrestrial environment and caused a surge in plastics washing up the ocean coastlines and causing environment pollution.
She intimated that environmental advocates were concerned that if a drastic measure is not taken to address the current environmental challenge, COVID-19 will reverse the momentum of years-long global battle to reduce plastic waste pollution.
Dr Daniel Oduro, main speaker for the launch in his address, encouraged citizens to take the COVID-19 vaccine and stated that they should still observe the protocols as the vaccine alone cannot protect the body.
He urged Ghanaians to eat properly in order to boost their immune system to enable it handle the virus.
The launch was sponsored by BF Suma Ghana Limited and Flora by Delta paper mill with support from the Ghana Institute of Journalism and MTN Ghana.