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COVID 19: Cleric urges govts. to involve children in campaign against pandemic



A cleric, Rev. Jeffery Ramsey, has called on governments at all levels to prioritise children in their campaign against the Coronavirus pandemic and the disbursement of palliative items in the country.
Rev. Ramsey, the Director, Save African Children on Social Vices Initiative, an NGO, made the call at a news conference on Friday in Enugu.
According to Ramsey, this is the best ways to educate children and get them prepared to protect themselves against the disease.
He noted that one of the best ways to keep children abreast of the reality on ground was to get the COVID-19 awareness messages and survival tips down to them.
The cleric further stated that providing palliatives that were not family-centered would not yield the desired impact.
”For instance, how many families at the grassroots will you really see talking about receipt of the palliatives?
”Save African Children on Social Vices Initiative, therefore, recommend three things:
“Firstly, the widows; then the youth, which should be split into categories, that is, the employed and the unemployed; and lastly, the families in need,” he said.
According to Ramsey, a lot of businesses had been shut down thus placing some families out of jobs as a result of the Coronavirus.
He noted that should government prioritise the three categories of people in the society in the distribution of palliative items, it would get to the grassroots and make the desired impact.
The director revealed that the NGO was campaigning on providing palliatives to no fewer than 7,000 families in need within Enugu state.
He called on the Enugu government, political class, Non Governmental Organisations (NGO) as well as philanthropists in the state to assist it in raising funds to provide for the targeted families.
Meanwhile, 15-year-old daughter of the director, Emmanuelle Ramsey, has trained other children on how to make face masks as well as hygienic way of wearing them.
She noted that it gave her joy training her siblings, hence her courage to train other kids at Ogbulu, Enugu East Local Government Area.
Emmanuelle stated that she was motivated by the need to get other children involved in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, through the application of skills in the making of the face masks and awareness.
The Chairman, Emene Neighbourhood Watch, and a member of the Traditional Ruler’s Cabinets, Chief Peter Eze, commended those behind the initiative in bringing the kids on board in the fight against COVID-19.
Eze said the kids were now elated because of the free skills acquisition and called on the NGO to intensify efforts in reaching out to other children across the state.

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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