COVID-19: Group inducts volunteers to create awareness, prevent spread



An NGO, Society Committee Against COVID-19, (SOCOCOVID), on Tuesday in Abuja inducted volunteers to help create awareness against the COVID-19 pandemic in communities.

The National Coordinator of the group, Mr Kenneth Ibe-Kalu, said the move became imperative to curb the spread of the virus in the wake of community transmission.

Ibe-Kalu said the group took the campaign against the virus to Gbagalape community in Nynanya, Federal Capital Territory as its contribution to support the federal government in the fight against COVID-19.

He said the group distributed some palliatives and hygienic materials to the community, designed some jingles and hand bills to serve as constant reminders and guidelines to stay safe.

“We launched the One House, One Bucket Rule as a means of containing community transmission of Coronavirus thereby kicking it out of Nigeria.

“We believe that constant hearing of messages activates the reality to the hearer.

“Therefore, the essence of the volunteers is to keep playing the jingle until it gets to the ears of both adults and children within the over 20,000 population of residents in Gbagalape community, FCT Abuja,” Ibe-Kalu said in statement.

He said the NGO would pay stipends and provide batteries for the megaphones every month and enjoined the volunteers to see the work as a service to humanity rather than a paid job.

“The group is also calling on the government and private sector organisations including the international community to supply Society Committee against COVID-19 (SOCOCOVID) megaphones and other materials, which include posters for communities across the country.

“Our target is 20 million posters for Communities,” he said.

Ibe-Kalu called on the government, the paramount leader and his chiefs as well as opinion leaders to use native laws to enforce the One House, One Bucket Rule to get rid of community transmission of COVID-19.

Chief Robinson Ezife, one of the patrons of SOCOCOVID, in his goodwill message encouraged the people to always adhere to the instructions from the government on how to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Ezife praised the paramount ruler of Gbagalape for his ability to gather his people for the all-important COVID-19 awareness programme by SOCOCOVID and also advised the residents to always listen to their chief whenever he summoned them.

In his response, the chief of the community, Kenneth Chindo-Rabo, said SOCOCOVID was the first NGO to bring this kind of gesture to the community and expressed profound gratitude.

He thanked the organisation for donating palliatives and hygienic materials and for choosing Gbagalape to launch the awareness campaign.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Salif Atojoko (NAN)


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