Women in Engineering (WinE), a network of Ghanaian women engineers and engineering students who are members of the Ghana Institution of Engineering (GhIE), donated packages of COVID-19 items to three market centers in Accra, Tema and Kumasi. The donated package included nose masks, Veronica buckets with stands, hand washing soap, hand sanitizers and food container baskets (to provide food sellers with a more hygienic option compared with displaying food on the ground). Some beneficiary market centres included the Mallam Atta Market in Accra New Town, Tema Community One Market and Ejisu Market in Kumasi.
Speaking at the Mallam Atta Market and Tema Community One Market, President of Women in Engineering (WinE) Dr. Enyonam Kpekpena underlined the importance of including food containers to the gift package. Dr. Kepkpena observed that the food that ends up on our tables from these markets are often sold in unhygienic conditions, displayed on the ground or bare floor, making them vulnerable to risk of viral transfers.
The statement from WinE noted that Dr. Kpekpena led a group of women Engineers to present a proposal to re-engineer Ghana’s local market centres to Ghana’s Ministries of Water Resources and Sanitation, Local Government, and Gender and Social Protection. WinE believes that a proper engineering of market centres is critical to our collective public health.
Municipal Chief Executive of Ayawaso Central Alhaji Emmanuel Quaye, Coordinating Director of Tema Metropolitan Assembly Alhaji Shehu Awudu Kadiri and Queen mother of Ejisu received the gift package respectively for Mallam Atta Market, Tema Community One market and Ejisu market. All three individuals expressed their grattitude to WinE for their thoughfulness and their plan to re-engineer market centres in Ghana.
Other witnesses at the three separate giving events included Vice Organizing Secretary of WinEMs. Naa Lamkai, President of GhIE Mr. Alexander Leslie Ayeh, Vice-President of GhIE Mr. Harold Esseku, Vice-President of WinE Mrs. Naki Tetteh-Anowie, Organizing Secretary of WinE Ms. Mavis Allotey, Market Queen Asafoanye Ogbede and others.