#COVIDHeroes: Richard Essilfie Is Educating Rural Communities About Coronavirus

Richard Essilfie (Kofi Banks)
Richard Essilfie (Kofi Banks)

Sometimes, young people are left to pick up the pieces, fill in the gaps and ensure that they prevent a bad situation from getting worse.

That duty, since coronavirus came to Ghana has fallen on many young shoulders, and Richard Essilfie, also known as Kofi Banks, is one of them.

The 28-year-old student of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), saw a crack in the system – a gaping hole which, if not filled would have made Ghana’s coronavirus situation much worse than it is now.

Currently, Ghana has confirmed 1,671 cases with 16 deaths and 188 recoveries.

The Central Region has 18 of those confirmed cases.

Since the virus came to Ghana, the government and other bodies have intensified public education on dos and don’ts.

But just as developmental projects, this education too is much focused in urban centers.

At the beginning of these educational and government held press conferences, the English Language was the most prominent language used.

This alienated a larger section of the Ghanaian public. Those in the rural communities were mostly ignored.

However, this virus is no respecter of persons – as such there was the need to quickly educate rural folks about coronavirus.

That was the gap, the largely unthought of focus area.

It would take Richard, a Basic Education student at UEW to recruit some of his colleagues to take up this challenge

“As a student of the University of Education and indigene of Agona West, I realized the education on covid-19 isn’t going on well in the grassroots,” Richard told Kuulpeeps.com.

“So together with my colleagues, we organized ourselves to travel to the villages and educate them about the coronavirus,” he aded.

“This was to protect them from the virus and stop the spread of the virus,” he explained.

When the first two cases of coronavirus were confirmed last March, Richard knew it was time to act and hopefully get ahead of the virus.

As a result they visited about 14 communities including Eguaboman, Ahamadonko, Nyamedam, Nkrandokon Nkwanta, Edukore, Edukrom and Otsinkorang to prepare them for what was yet to come.

“All we did was to educate our people about the virus to help save lives,” Richard said.

source: Kuulpeeps.com

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