Tamale, Sept. 21, Mastercard Foundation has sponsored a Public Health Awareness Campaign in the Northern region aimed at fostering community healthcare, COVID-19, and several other health conditions.
The campaign was under the theme “Fostering Community Public Health Champions,” organized by Martha Inspires Foundation in collaboration with Clarion Communication Agency and funded by the Mastercard Foundation in Tamale.
Its objective was to promote healthy healthcare behaviours among people in preparation for unplanned medical emergencies.
During the sensitization, Madam Emefa Ameku, the Leader of the Media Team of the Public Healthcare Awareness Campaign Program, advised the public to get vaccinated to protect themselves from COVID-19 and several other health conditions.
In order to prevent transmission and to safeguard oneself and others in one’s communities, she added, “Adherence to preventive measures that are essential to the health and wellbeing of the continent’s populace is key.”
Madam Ameku urged the public to cover their mouths when they cough, wash their hands often, avoid touching their faces, and practice social distancing where possible.
She advised the public to keep their family and community informed about healthcare awareness and also build healthier and more resilient communities.
Madam Ameku also called on other institutions to partner and collaborate with stakeholders to ensure a coordinated and holistic approach to public health to address multiple health challenges effectively, especially in communities.
She also called on opinion leaders to support advocacy for the implementation of preparedness measures for future health crises to prevent and minimize the impact of future health crises in the country.
She also added that “it is crucial to emphasize the significance of investing in robust healthcare systems and capacity building as part of the preparedness measures so the country can ensure an effective response and efficient recovery when faced with health emergencies”.
“One of such being COVID-19 or any other health crises such as malaria and cholera, amongst others, which require good personal and environmental hygiene as well as immune boosting through healthy eating.” Madam Ameku stated.
Mr. Nuru El Hak the Coordinator of Mastercard Foundation said the campaign aims to emphasize the importance of proactive community engagement and education to mitigate potential health crises.
He encouraged community members to participate in the role of community health champions and undergo additional training to equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to lead public health initiatives within their communities.
The Champions implemented in the Northern and Ashanti regions have been empowering the communities to take charge of their health and well-being and working with the Mastercard Foundation to inspire lasting change that would both benefit individuals and strengthen the community healthcare system.
Mr El Hak said Mastercard Foundation is dedicated to social responsibility and inclined towards realizing healthier, more resilient communities in the country.
Mr. El Hak said the campaign gains momentum, and it is expected that the message of building healthier communities and preparing for future health emergencies will resonate far and wide across the country, ultimately leading to a stronger and more proactive public health landscape.
Source: Comfort Sena Fetri