AN NGO, Second Chance Humanitarian Aid Foundation, on Friday organised a one day seminar on COVID-19 preventive measures for market, community and women leaders in Manchok, Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Speaking at the event, Mrs Ladi Bala, founder of the foundation, said that the organisation considered it necessary to Commend the Governor and his team for being proactive in the on coronavirus at the grassroots, Hon. Donatus Adamu also stressed that health is wealth and the need for government community partnerships and initiatives.
The NGO had aired jingles in 4 local dialects on salama radio.Asholio, Tyap, Jju, Ham
These jingles explained what the virus is and how to prevent it.
The founder, who was represented by Banta Bala, Project Coordinator of the Foundation, said people at grassroots needed much sensitisation because of their vulnerability, and creating such awareness would further give them a sense of belonging.
“The rural dwellers need to be well informed on measures to avoid contracting and transmitting the virus.
“The government is doing her best but the bulk of the responsibility is on the people to do the needful, as such, we considered it needful to contribute our token in the fight against COVID-19,” she said.
Mr Peter Ibrahim, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Kaduna State Deputy Governor, harped on the need for behavioral change on the part of members of the public in the face of the pandemic.
“As much as the State Government is considering easing of the lockdown, people’s attitude especially in observing social distancing was a major challenge.
“I commend the organisers of the event, as it is part of government’s plans to engage critical stakeholders including, traditional and religious leaders, market groups and associations, amongst others in combating COVID-19,” he added.
Ibrahim urged participants to leverage on the lessons learnt at the seminar to further educate other members of the community.
Also speaking, Mr Sunday Tabishi, the Council Secretary, Kaura Local Government, commended the initiative, which according to him, was timely.
Tabishi urged the people to exercise more patience as the government was doing all within its power to bring succor to the people, particularly those at the grassroots.
Earlier, Mr Isaac Auta, a member of the foundation, who spoke on Personal Hygiene, told participants to ensure regular washing of their hands, use of face masks and observe social distancing.
He said although there had not been any reported case of COVID-19 in the area, residents needed to observe the necessary precautionary measures, bearing in mind that the virus was real.
Malam Musa Buga, Head of Manchok market and Mrs Mageret Musa, Head of Women in the market, in their separate responses appreciated the NGO for the sensitisation, noting that it gave them a sense of belonging.
They assured the foundation of judicious use of the items they received and promised to enlighten others on lessons learnt at the seminar.
NAN reports that the seminar tagged, “COVID-19 Intervention Project”, saw presentation of 1,000 face masks as well as 10 hand washing basins to be placed at the Local Government Secretariat and the market place.