The National Volunteer Group (NVG) on COVID-19, Edo State chapter in collaboration with a Community Based Initiatives for a Better Tomorrow, has joined force with the state government to end the spread of Coronavirus disease through enlightenment campaign.
The group with its banner, tagged: ‘Let’s End COVID-19 With Stay at Home; Wash your Hands Regularly; Always Sneeze in Your Elbow, and Give Space (SWAG)’, took their sensitization message to the Oba Market traders who have been temporarily relocated to Iyoba Primary School.
Addressing newsmen on the motive for their rally, Dr. Bright Oniovokuko, state coordinator, National Volunteer Group (NVG) on COVID-19, said the traders believed that for the government to have allowed them to go on with their trading is an indication that they are immuned to the virus.
Oniovokuko said it was wrong for them to have held that as a belief and on that, they decided to come out to sensitise and disabuse their minds on that.
“Everyone knows that COVID-19 is ravaging the whole place, and we as a volunteer group feel that there is a need to create awareness.
“There are a whole lot of front lines that have been created and there is a need for us to reach out to them.
“Most importantly are those who are selling food items, and there is a need to reach out to them.
“For the fact that they have allowed them to come out do not mean that they are immuned to the virus.
“So, there is a need to reach out to them to give them the right information.
“We are actually coming out in this unique way to have this interpersonal communication while we are taking the necessary precautions for that because speaking loud, yes people are hearing but how many people are actually listening, and that is why we are meeting them one-on-one to ensure that these people get the right information”, he said.
Dr. Oniovokuko further cautioned the traders to always leave their children at home in order to decongest the markets and also prevent them from being predisposed to the virus.
On the part of the Oredo chapter coordinator for COVID-19, Mrs. Julia Bienose, the issue of people not believing that the disease is real has remained a difficult challenge to them
“One of our challenge is that most people are still in doubt as to the existence of COVID-19, and this makes it difficult for us to convince them”, she said.