Unubiko Foundation, a non-governmental organization, has heeded the clarion call of government for support in the fight against COVID-19 by providing about 10,000 bottles of hand sanitizers for communities in Abam, Arochukwu Local Government Area of Abia State.
“We provided more than 10,000 bottles of hand sanitizers and also paid for jingles in radio stations in Igbo and English Language to pass the message about COVID-19 situation on ground to the people,’’ said founder Mr James Chijioke Ume.
The Foundation also mobilized health officials to enlighten the people on the necessary precautions to be taken to prevent the spread of the virus.
The Programme Director, Dr Benjamin Isani, who also doubled as the resource person said the sensitization came at the right time as the Coronavirus pandemic had ravaged some parts of Nigeria.
“From the standpoint of a medical doctor, I know that the rural areas lack proper information about the virus and on enquires, I discovered that they are ignorant about it.
“They believe the virus can be contacted through skin among other issues that showed their ignorance.
“We explained in detail how Coronavirus can be contracted and the need for them to practice social distancing, proper hygiene, washing of hands with soap at least 20 minutes intervals, the proper use of hand sanitizers and also the basic signs and symptoms of the virus,’’ he said.
In his remarks, Mr Ike Emmanuel, said the exercise was successful as the communities came out in their large and lauded the churches in Abam communities for their support.
No fewer than 12 communities of Ozu Abam, Ameke Abam , Idima Abam , Ndi Oji Abam, Amuru Abam, Ndi Agwu Abam , Ndi Ebe Abam , Atan Abam , Ndi Okwara Abam , Ndi Okereke Abam, and Ndi Okorie Abam were visited by the NGO.