COVID-19: NOA takes preventive campaigns to traders, PLWD’s in Rivers

The National Orientation Agency has taken the campaign on COVID-19 prevention to traders and students, including People Living With Disabilities in Rivers State.

The campaign, which is an initiative of the Federal Government, was in partnership with the United Nations and the European Union.

The NOA, Community Orientation and Mobilisation officer, Eleme Local Government Area, Rivers State, Mrs Charity Lena, said this during a hands campaign in Port Harcourt.

Lena said the campaign was anchored on five COVID-19 preventive behaviours tagged, ‘Powerful Hands,’ and implemented by the Centre for Communication and Social Impact, with technical support from the United Nations Children Fund.

The hands campaign, she said, encourages members of the public to wash their hands regularly, use nose masks, sneeze into the elbow, stay indoors and maintain social distancing.

Lena explained that the campaign in Rivers State, which is domiciled in Port Harcourt and Eleme, has reached 24 schools, 18 markets, and 12 communities in the two Local Government Areas.

According to her, the campaign is ongoing in Lagos, Oyo, Plateau, Kaduna, Kano states and the Federal Capital Territory.

NOA Campaign Consultant in Rivers State, Mrs Chinonyerem Uhuaba, speaking at the School of Special Needs, Creek Road in Port Harcourt, said the power to stop the Covid-19 virus spread was in the hands.

Uhuaba said the PLWD could not have been left out in the campaign, as they were key members of the society who are also at the risk of contracting the Covid-19

“We have been to several schools and today we are at the School of Special Needs to talk to them about behaviours for preventing COVID-19.

“The special school is a critical audience, especially because they rely on caregivers.

“The school has over 300 students ranging from the age of six to about 30; they have the autistic children, the visually, speech and hearing impaired. So, it’s like an umbrella for us to reach different people living with disabilities.”

On her part, the Campaign’s Social Mobilisation Assistant, Mrs Sophia Akubo said the campaign was also to enlighten the public about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines and to clear myths and misconceptions concerning the vaccines.

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