GRCS starts distribution of relief items in UER

Fatima
Anafu-Astanga, GNA

Sokabiisi, Dec. 11,
GNA – The Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS) has presented relief services for  victims of recent  floods 
in the Upper East Region for six hundred families in 32 communities.

The items are funded
by the International federation of the Red Cross at the cost equivalent of
$150,000.

Mr Kofi Addo,
Secretary General of the Ghana Red Cross Society  who  is
in the region with his team was accompanied by the Vice President Dr Kingsley
Preko , Vice President  of GRCS, Dr Eric
Asamoah ,Deputy Secretary General, the local Disaster Relief Emergency Fund
(DREF) delegates led by, Mr Solomon Gayoni, and staff of the GRC.

Each affected
household received one  Kitchen set, two
blankets, one plastic bucket, one hygiene kit, two sleeping mats, and  plastic containers and aqua taps for
treatment of water.

Speaking to
beneficiary community members at 
Sokabiisi  in the Bolgatanaga
Municipality before the distribution, the Secretary General apologised for the
late delivery explaining that the GRCS 
responded to disasters  within 72
hours , however delay in  some
standard  protocol procedures and access
to resources delayed them.

“The delay is never
the style of Ghana Red cross Society, however the protocols needed to be
followed in securing support and any such devastation called on my outfit as a
duty to respond within 72 hours to provide needed relief to victims”. The
Secretary General reiterated.

He said the support
for the victims were in three  phases,
where the first  phase  included; the Kitchen set, two blankets, one
plastic bucket, one hygiene kit, two sleeping mats, and containers and aqua
taps.

He said the Phase
two delivery would move house to house to provide  software and education to promote the
management of sanitation with support .

In the third phase
the Secretary General said his outfit had identified  100 houses that were destroyed as a result of
the floods and their  homes would be  built by Ghana Red cross  with support already secured from SWISS Red
Cross soon.

He said Red Cross
made other appeals to partners for 
cholera operation support to enhance studies by volunteers  especially in Accra, where cholera occurred
during the floods.

He said they would
carry out studies to find out  the
underpinning causes of the epidemic  that
resulted  from the floods and according
to him, this would  help in addressing
such situations in  the future.

“The identification
and assessment of victims in disaster situations by Ghana Red Cross is purely
done on humanitarian basis  devoid of
any  partiality, and we  remained and work with principle of
neutrality and ensured that any person 
in a disaster situation was vulnerable.

He appealed to
corporate Ghana and benevolent organisations to support the Ghana Red
Cross  Society to continue to give help
when disasters strike.

Mr Joseph Atuura
Amiyuure,  Bolgatanga Municipal Chief
Executive (MCE) of the Bolgatanga Municipality in a speech reiterated
government’s care  and support in times
of stress such as disasters. 

The MCE said the
disaster this year in some communities was disturbing for which the President
commiserated with victims especially the vulnerable in the Kassena Nankana
areas.

He said resources
were not limitless and reiterated government’s appreciation to Red Cross and
all other organisations that contributed in diverse towards the victims.

Madam Aneriba
Ayenoo, 68- year-old ,whose room collapsed on her and her family  resulting in some casualties expressed her
gratitude to  the Ghana Red Cross  for the assistance.

GNA

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