Red Cross Deepens Action To End COVID-19 In Anambra State Red Cross Society (NRCS) Anambra State branch has intensified effort in sensitising the citizenry in an effort to see an end of COVID-19.
Mr Kingsley Okoye the branch secretary, made it known to some reporters yesterday that for a start the society is deploying its 16,000 volunteers in the fight against the deadly coronavirus disease with risk communication activities in three local councils namely: Awka South, Idemmili South and Ogbaru.
Okoye reiterated the commitment of the society towards the fight and vowed: “it will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the risk communication messages get to the grassroots begining with the three local councils through the strong grass-root structure of Red Cross in Anambra State with volunteers in all the 21 local governments in Anambra State”.
Some of the key messages of the risk communication he emphasized included proper hand washing and general hygiene practice, proper use of face mask, use of hand sanitizer, social distancing, avoiding to touch eyes, ear and nose with unwashed hands among several others precautions.
The society, Okoye said, not only spread the message but has received feedback for the first week of its activities from over 10 communities visited so far.
According to him, risk communication becomes important because some community dwellers did not believe that the disease is real while some who acknowledged the reality of the disease believe it was not a black man ailment.
“These and many more are among the myths hovering around the COVID 19 which the volunteer risk communicators have been redirecting in the communities”, he said.
The state Communication coordinator of the Society Mr Fidelis Ikeji stressed that risk communication is a valuable tool to help debunk some of these myths and put the people in the right mindset towards achieving a good result in the fight against the Pandemic.
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