Executive Director of the Savannah Women Integrated Development Agency (SWIDA), Hajia Alima Sagito Sa-eed

Executive Director of the Savannah Women Integrated Development Agency (SWIDA), Hajia Alima Sagito Sa-eed has advocated the empowerment of Ghanaian women in the campaign against community infections of the novel corona virus pandemic in the country. 

She believes women are frontline managers of the family and therefore, it is critical for women to be given the necessary attention in the fight of COVID-19.

She argued that the role of the woman in this global crisis cannot be understated; stating that when the women are equipped with the right information about the disease they take personal responsibilities to protect members of the family.

According to Hajia Sagito, the women are seen as managers of the home because they provide every other thing that is used as Personal Protection Equipment in combating the virus at the household level. 

She added soap most often is being provided by the woman.

“So we expect if the woman understand how soap can break the chain of transmission, then the woman would be able to use that understanding and take personal responsibility to protect the family. It becomes critical for women to perform that role”

“If the women understand the essence of why they need to break the chain by not participating in social gatherings, then it makes a lot of meaning, then they will be able to interpret why children and their husbands should not do that and because they all understand the protocols, no one will take the risk to contract the disease” she stated further.

The SWIDA Executive Director made these remarks to thecustodianghonline.com at Jisonayili in the Sagnarigu Municipality when RAFELA – GHANA organized an outreach programme to educate market women on the corona virus pandemic.

President of RAFELA – GHANA, Hajia Mariam Iddrisu who doubles as the Municipal Chief Executive of Sagnarigu together with her team donated some Personal Protection Equipment to the local women to prevent the spread of the virus whist they undertake their economic activities.

The RAFELA Ghana working team coaching some of market women and other teenagers how to do proper hand washing practice

Following the intervention of the Women Network for Africa, Hajia Sagito Sa-eed commended the President and her team for the gesture and further encouraged the women to be ambassadors in this fight at the respective households and communities.  

“We are saying that we don’t want women to breakdown in this fight, we need women to lead this fight at their households and communities to ensure that as they are healthy, they can also be economically strong; so we must give the right information, the kind of confidence they need in them and adequate resources to support the campaign” Hajia Alima Sagito emphasized.