NGO holds anti- COVID -19 sensitization campaign in Ebonyi state- By Reginald Okoro

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Society for Water and Sanitation in conjunction with the state Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) has embarked on anti-COVID-19 advocacy and sensitisation campaigns in some parts of Ebonyi.
Ebonyi WASH anti COVID-19 team consisting of staff of Ebonyi Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (EBRUWASSA) and Society for Water and Sanitation, a coalition of NGOs working on water, Sanitation and hygiene promotion, embarked on the campaign
Dr Kelechi Okezie who briefed newsmen in Abakaliki on Saturday at the end of the exercise said that the initiative was part of the coalition’s community engagements to sensitise the locals on the dangers of the dreaded virus.
He added that the advocacy and sensitisation campaigns was organised to educate the illiterate population on safety precautions and need for them to imbibe best approach to avoid contracting the disease.
Okezie, national secretary of the coalition and executive director, Neighborhood Environment Watch-Foundation said that the team took the campaigns to many locations and markets at Abakaliki, Ebonyi and Ezza North local government areas.
He said: ” The exercise witnessed the distribution of water dispensing buckets; soaps, sanitizers, posters, handbills,stickers, and demonstration of efficient handwashing methods.
“The people were informed on the pandemic and how best to protect themselves for contracting the disease.
” Dr Sunday Opokeh, General Manager of EB-EBRUWASSA and myself took turns to talk to the people while the team members shared instructional materials and demonstrated good hygiene and sanitation practices.”
Okezie further appealed to citizens to support government’s directives, regulations and guidelines to stay safe from the virus
He called for synergy and collaborative actions between government and non state actors to defeat the pandemic.

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