A coalition of civil society and non-profit organisations has known as on the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to teach rural dwellers on Corona Virus pandemic.
Speaking via the Executive Director, Number Two Initiative for Healthy Environment, Fati E. Abubakar, the group expressed shock that some communities in Abuja nonetheless lived in ignorance of Covid-19 and measures vital for holding it.
While calling on the federal authorities to step up measures for sensitization train, the group expressed the necessity to mobilize conventional rulers of varied rural communities throughout the nation.
According to Abubakar, methodology of data dissemination needs to be given precedence to make sure that the persons are communicated within the language they perceive.
“It is not only about NOA participating in consciousness creation train, the mode of passing data can be necessary.
“They should engage the traditional rulers in reaching out to people on what is happening and the kind of safety measures to adopt. This is because the traditional rulers are closer to the people”, Abubakar acknowledged.
Three totally different organizations, together with No Two Initiative for Healthy Environment, Team GMB & Co in addition to Safety Awareness for Environment Support Initiative, had engaged well being officers in educating the folks of Aliata village and environs within the Federal Capital Territory on a four-hour sensitization train.
Beyond informing them concerning the pandemic, the folks had been enlightened on measures essential to comprise it, and within the case of a potential suspect, the necessity to alert well being officers.
They had been additionally educated on private hygiene, together with the crucial of normal hand washing.
Meanwhile, gadgets akin to hand-washing liquids and different sanitary supplies had been distributed to the folks.
According to Abubakar, the event was initially to have a good time this yr’s World’s Water Day however the outbreak of Corona Virus necessitated further measures.
She stated: “We deliberate a rally to mark this yr’s version of World Water Day however with the ban on rallies throughout the nation, we selected a roadshow to sensitize folks on the crucial of washing their fingers frequently and the necessity to keep private hygiene at this era of the nation’s historical past.
As a grassroots intervention group, we’re conscious that almost all of rural dwellers shouldn’t have entry to radio, tv or the web. Most of them are additionally not literate and as such, can neither learn nor write whereas the vast majority of the communities lack entry to potable water.
So, we felt that these folks have to know concerning the pandemic and what to do at each time limit ought to it get away in Nigeria.
“It was stunning to find that lots of people within the communities we visited at this time haven’t heard of the virus.
“That is extra cause this intervention is necessary. But past our effort, the federal government has to achieve out to the folks at this era.
“We aren’t simply involved about the necessity to attain out to them; we’re additionally apprehensive concerning the methodology of communication and data dissemination.
“They should engage traditional rulers across the country in reaching out to people on what is happening and the kind of safety measures to adopt”, the group held.