The Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Gombe State, has urged the state government to engage community organisations on COVID-19 sensitisation activities to contain spread of the pandemic.
Mr Ibrahim Yusuf, Chairman of the CSOs in the state, made the call in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency , on Wednesday in Gombe.
He noted that members of indigenous Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) should be empowered to enable them to extend their outreach to rural communities, to enhance sensitisation and mobilisation against the virus.
“This will help to promote personal hygiene and social distancing among other measures to contain the spread of the virus,” he said.
Yusuf alleged that there were indications that some disgruntle elements violated the border closure order and engaged in cross border movements between the state and other parts of the country.
The chairman advocated for proactive measure to enforce compliance with restriction of movement of persons along the state’s borders with neighbouring states.
“The aim of the border closure may not be achieved if it continues like this, suspected cases might cross into the state and spread the virus since it could not be detected in their faces,” he said.
He further called on the people to be law abiding and adhere to precautionary measures and medical advice by health officials to contain the pandemic.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Rabiu Sani Ali