Cocoa is Ghana

The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) was today presented with 1.2 million units of medicated soap worth GH₵2.4 million, which are to be distributed to cocoa farmers in the country in support of the effort to combat COVID-19.

The donation came from Ecom Ghana Limited. Muhammadu Muzzammil, the country manager of the company, who donated the soaps said the company could not look on unconcerned in this time of crisis, given its 20-year long relationship with Ghanaian cocoa farmers.

He stated that “this is a crisis that is being faced by the larger cocoa farming community and for that, we really wanted the support and partnership of COCOBOD in the distribution of the 1.2million units of soap that we want to give to the cocoa farmers of this country. We are immensely grateful that COCOBOD is helping us in the distribution and also in being able to make this a broader initiative and in creating awareness throughout the country for this initiative.”

The Chief Executive of COCOBOD, Hon. Joseph Boahen Aidoo, who took delivery of the soaps on behalf of cocoa farmers expressed his profound gratitude to Ecom Ghana Ltd for their kind gesture to cocoa farmers.

He said, “the COVID-19 pandemic is not an individual affair, it is a global affair, therefore, dealing with this problem calls for a collective effort. Let me say that the government is very appreciative of what Ecom has come to do, because a GH₵2.4 million worth of support for fighting this pandemic is very significant.”

He assured that the soaps will be promptly distributed to the cocoa farmers across the country.

Hon. Aidoo in his remarks asked cocoa farmers and the general public to trust and faithfully practice all the public health measures against the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

He also advised the farmers to eat well and exercise to strengthen their immune systems, in the absence of an effective vaccine or drug against the disease means that, the capacity of a person’s immune system to fight the disease is crucial for survival.

It is essential, he added, that the public health measures like frequent handwashing, the use of hand sanitisers, covering of mouth when sneezing and others must be taken very seriously now and should remain as normal practices going forward.

“The disease ought to be dealt with and dealt with very well, and this is the time, especially, as we are trying to break the chain of spread,” he said.

Hon. Aidoo invited other corporate organisation to also support in various ways to make the effort to combat the disease a success.