The coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is a recognised global pandemic and therefore a public health emergency of international concern. It spreads to as many regardless of wealth, race, intelligence and rank. Thus, fighting this spread requires education on social distancing (2 meters), frequent washing of hands and the use of hand sanitizers and face masks.
Supporting this fight against the spread in Ghana, are a number of scholars of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (MCFSP at KNUST) in their communities; at the time KNUST has shut down. These scholars are engaged in providing education to create awareness of the COVID-19 Pandemic, others are also involved in donating items such as, Veronica buckets, hand sanitizers, liquid soaps, tissue paper and locally-made face masks to help in the fight against the pandemic.
One unique scholar, Mr. Prince Baffour Agyei. He is a third-year MCFSP at KNUST scholar studying BSc. Chemical Engineering. He is the founder of Wings to Fly Enterprise; a business establishment which produces multi-purpose MegaZone, Mega Dish and Hand Wash Liquid Soaps, Mega Laundry Bar Soap and Mega Honey Shower Gel. In the quest to address some of the challenges of COVID-19 within his community, Aboaso-Odumase, and other communities in the Ashanti Bekwai Municipality, the Ashanti region and in Ghana as a whole. Mr. Baffour Agyei has produced a 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer under the brand name Mega Hand Sanitizer. This is packaged in 200ml and 60ml bottles.
According to Mr. Baffour Agyei, the production of the Mega Hand Sanitizer forms part of his efforts to give-back to the community. He said, giving back to the community is one of the cardinal principles of the MCFSP at KNUST and hence, in his journey towards transformative leadership, the production of the hand sanitizer is his contribution to a healthy community.
Considering the serious health effects of the COVID-19, Mr. Baffour Agyei said, he has partnered with other scholars in the Ashanti, Greater Accra, Central, Western, Volta, Upper West, Savanah and Bono East Regions of Ghana to sell some of the 200ml and 60ml hand sanitizers at affordable prices. Again, he has collaborated with the Member of Parliament for Kwame Danso Constituency, a constituency in the Bono East Region, Honourable Ampofo Kwame Twumasi to distribute 600 pieces of the 60ml hand sanitizers to the vulnerable in the community.
To further help control the spread of COVID-19 Pandemic in his community, Mr. Baffour Agyei has provided education on COVID-19 using the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines through the Community Information Centre at Aboaso-Odumase and distributed free 350ml liquid soaps produced by Wings to Fly Enterprise to 250 individuals and 60 households to aid in frequent hand washing.
Mr. Baffour Agyei’s project is funded under the Mastercard Foundation Scholar Entrepreneurship Fund (SEF).