The COVID19 has rocked the entire world and Ghana is no exception. With a very high unemployment rate and no social protection for the informal sector, many more people are now very vulnerable in view of the lockdown in Greater Accra and Kumasi.
With economic activities grounded to a haltmany families cannot feed themselves. These are people who have no monthly salary and earn wages by performing menial jobs such as hawking, being head porters, house to house cleaning services, and others. These people have no savings, no social protection, and must work every day to earn what they must eat daily. The lockdown has rendered such as people jobless and they and their dependants are starving.
The government of Ghana has rolled out a program to feed the vulnerable in selected communities. Laudable as this is there are serious challenges that must be addressed to ensure equitable food distribution in a safe environment.We see people and crowds scrambling for food. Eventually many are injured, some got no food at all, whilst others received two or more food packs instead of one.
Clearly the authorities do not have accurate demographic data. This is key in planning and implementing any program especially in a pandemic.