COVID-19: ActionAid Nigeria, others embark on door-to-door sensitisation in Nasarawa

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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.

Mr Anicetus Atakpu, training CART members.

 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.

CART members sensitising a community on COVID-19 preventive measures in Obi Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

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.

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