By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Worried by the disturbing effects of the new wave CoronaVirus, stakeholders in the health sector on Saturday distributed Information, Education and Communications (IEC) materials to traders and people in Ibadan,the Oyo state capital.
Briefing newsmen on the initiative, at the Akere Primary Health Centre to officially signal the close out of the phase one of the Scale Up Hygiene Projects, a project sponsored by Oyo RUWASSA and Living World Mission (LIWOM) withWaterAid and Heineken African Foundation (HAF), the Country Lead, LIWOM, Pastor Marcus Williams disclosed that the project is to respond to the issue of COVID -19 in and across Oyo state.
Pastor Williams pointed out that Oyo state government has provided sensitization materials that can be used to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, adding that some of materials include the IEC materials and hygiene takeaway tools and that some Permanent Inclusive Hand Washing Facilities (PIHWF) were also installed in some open and strategic places around the community to aid easy access to hand washing points around the community.
The Country Lead, LIWOM, while stressing that the project “is to serve the community and ensure compliance with the national and state guidelines for the prevention of COVID-19 in Oyo state”, tasked traders, customers and people living in the community to wash their hands in the hand washing facilities provided.
Speaking further on the involvement of LIWOM, Pastor Williams disclosed that LIWOM has been taking care of children’s need for over 24 years and has been working with different community leaders, saying, LIWOM’s inclusion in the project was due to the need to reach communities; sensitize them about the use of hand sanitizer, facemask and water to prevent the spread of COVID -19, and that same accounts for why the PIHWFs were installed at different places where there are boreholes, spaces and security so that its can be guarded.
Miss Olawunmi Adekunle while speaking at a sensitisation meeting stressed that as a result of the escalating issue and spread of COVID -19, Heineken Africa Foundation and WaterAid Nigeria came to support the movement on ensure that handwashing becomes a common practice.
She maintained that the meeting was to request for the community leaders’ support in educating the people in the area of hygiene and that the PIHWF has been placed in different locations for people to make use of it as to prevent the spread of COVID -19 and other viruses that can be easily contracted through our hands.
Miss Adekunle however educate the people on the hygiene packs distributed to them.
She added that, to make the sensitization effective, the sponsors requested for the government’s support via OYORUWASSA and Living Word Mission as the civil society organisation (CSO) representing the state.