South-East Coronavirus Intervention Network,(SCIN) a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has launched awareness and advocacy campaign to sensitize the people of South- East on measures to prevent the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.
The campaign was launched in Owerri on Tuesday.
Speaking on the theme ‘ Strengthening Awareness of Covid-19 in South East ‘, coordinator of SCIN, Nze Meekam Mgbenwelu, said that the NGO is an initiative of two technology and innovation based organisations namely Nzukolabs and LearnFactory with offices in Enugu, Imo and Abia.
The former Commissioner for Science and Technology in Imo noted that SCIN will collaborate with relevant agencies of government and private bodies to sensitise rural communities across the southeast on ways to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus in the region.
He regretted that poor dissemination of information about the virus in the South-East particularly at the rural communities has been a big challenge to the fight against Covid-19, hence SCIN’s target to raise the awareness and advocacy campaign.
He, however, added that the NGO is fully committed to ensuring that people of the region, especially those at the rural areas are well informed to help them ward off infection by the virus.
” SCIN, with support from Ford Foundation and leveraging on the communication protocols of the NCDC, has today, May 19, launched a sustained awareness and advocacy campaign in southeast.
“This is to increase awareness about the virus and further disseminate useful information especially to those in rural areas “, he said.
Mgbenwelu also hlighted that COVID-19 can be prevented through good hygiene, regular hand washing, cleaning and disinfecting of the environment, observing social distancing and the use of face masks.
He further said that the NGO has been using a range of channels such as jingles, local dialects, social media, community engagements, working with traditional rulers and town-criers to reach out to people with needed information as to help them to stay safe at all times.
According to him, SCIN hopes to further engage dedicated volunteers across the region who are either indigenes or residents in the communities for easy information delivery on COVID-19.
In a remark, Mr. Chibueze Ukaegbu , the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), LearnFactory Nigeria, thanked the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and Ford Foundation for their effective information dissemination and support to combating the pandemic especially in rural areas.