From Esther Akaa, Lafia
Following confirmation of COVID -19 cases in Nasarawa State, ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) in partnership with Global Peace Development (GPD) and Beacon Youth Initiative ( BYI) have began a door- to-door sensitisation of communities on preventive measures in the state.
The sensitisation programme funded by Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) was launched recently in Lafia Local Government Area of the state.
The programme is aimed at decreasing the vulnerability risks of 12 communities in six local government areas of Lafia, Obi , Nasarawa- Eggon, Akwanga, Nasarawa and Toto .
Speaking during the campaign on Wednesday in Tudun-Adabu community, Obi Local Government Area of the state, the Resilience Programme Coordinator of AAN, Mr Anicetus Atakpu said the campaign was to bridge the gaps of misinformation, misconceptions and lack of preparedness by community groups and members to prevent further the spread of the virus in the state.
“The sensitisation across the country on COVID -19 seem to be concentrated in the urban areas and some communities are not even aware of what is happening about this disease. So there is need for us to take this campaign to the people so that we will not record escalation of this pandemic in communities.
” We are engaging our already established Community Action and Response Team ( CART) members in the System and Structure Strengthening Approach Against Radicalisation to Violent Extremism ( SARVE II ) project, so that they can reach out to every single household in the most vulnerable communities while prioritising women,children, nursing mothers and the elderly , Atakpu said.
He further said that 36,000 households will be sensitised on best hygiene practices of hand washing, the use of alcohol-based hand sanitiser among others, using local dialect to prevent the spread of the disease.
” We have provided 800 facemasks to our CARTS members, and other hygiene kits along side posters and flyers carrying clear messages on COVID -19 preventive measures and safety tips to be circulated by community volunteers,” he said.
He, therefore, called on residents of the state to support government’s efforts by reporting suspected cases to appropriate authorities as well as observe all precautionary measures to contain the spread of the virus.
One of the CART members, Mrs Hanatu Abimiku, told The Voice that she will ensure the sensitisation of the two benefitting communities in Obi on the preventive measures of COVID-19.