Mr Ndubuisi IIodigwe, National Orientation Agency (NOA) Community Mobilisation Officer, said that the people in most rural areas need to be more educated on the importance of observing COVID-19 precautionary measures.
He said that the team visited some markets at Nkwo Agba, Ihiala-Ozu, Isseke and some central motor parks and town union meetings in Ihiala and Okija communities for the sensitisation.
Ilodigwe said that the rural dwellers had yet to key properly into directives of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and medical expert directives on how to avoid the spread of the virus.
He said the precautionary measures which included social distancing, hand washing with soap and running water as well as the effective use of sanitiser and face mask were not observed.
IIodigwe said that the visit was apt because the rural dwellers in various places visited had exhibited non-chalant attitude in putting on face masks.
“Almost all the traders were seen very busy striving toward making profits from their businesses without precaution and some had shown over-dependence on the government palliative measures,’’ he said.
He urged the people of the communities to maintain the measures put in place against COVID-19 as it was for their own benefit.
“The people were informed that social distancing, handwashing with soap and running water, effective use of sanitisers and face masks were all they needed to do to be live.
Ilodigwe said that the people of the area observed the curfew directives from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. with levity.
He said that all the precautionary measures were aimed to fight the pandemic and advised the people to comply with governments directives for success to be recorded in the fight.
Ilodigwe commended the approach and efforts of all tiers of government in the fight against the spread of the virus in the country.
Mr Kene Obiegwu, a native of the community, said that they were doing their best as they were not used to all the directives.
Another trader said that the face mask was very discomforting but promised to keep the measures.
Chief Ifeanyi Otiji, a Motorist, said that they were doing their best to comply but needed time to get used to the processes.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
New bridge under construction in Genoa, Italy
Photo taken on May 29, 2020 shows the new bridge under construction in Genoa, Italy. The new structure replaces the Morandi Bridge, a viaduct that collapsed in the northwest coastal city of Genoa on Aug. 14, 2018, killing 43 people. (Photo by Federico Tardito/Xinhua)
Eid el-Fitr: NOA urges Nigerians to observe precautionary measures against COVID-19
As Nigerians join other Muslims worldwide to mark the 2020 Eid-el-Fitr amid the coronavirus pandemic, the National Orientation Agency (NOA) has urged citizens to observe all precautionary measures against the disease.
The Director General of NOA, Mr Garba Abari, made the call in a Sallah message to the Muslim faithful in Nigeria, a statement by the agency’s Head of Press Unit, Mr Paul Odenyi, said.
Abari also urged them to imbibe the lessons of Ramadan, some of which are discipline, selflessness, and piety.
According to the director general, the month of Ramadan is a period that Muslims should take advantage of to strengthen their faith and stay safe from the ravaging coronavirus by adhering strictly to the precautionary measures put in place.
He said leaders at the local level should take responsibility for enforcing movement restriction orders, inspiring compliance with all advisories by government in line with the spirit of Sallah.
“We must be cautious (so as) not to facilitate community transmission of COVID19.
“They can do this by ensuring that prescribed social distancing, use of face masks, regular hand washing, and sanitisation are observed in our communities,” he said
Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)
COVID-19: UNICEF, NOA urge parents to immunise children against killer diseases
The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and the National Orientation Agency (NOA) , have urged mothers and healthcare givers to continue immunising children against child-killer diseases amid COVID-19 pandemic.
The agencies gave the advice at a one-day sensitisation programme for journalists tagged “Media Orientation Meeting for Measles Campaign” held on Wednesday in Owerri.
The Director of NOA in Imo, Mr Vitus Ekeocha, said it had become necessary to sensitise members of the public, especially nursing mothers on the need to access primary healthcare centers to immunise their children.
He said that most mothers and care givers had, in the confusion created by the emmergence of Coronavirus, forgotten and abandoned the immunisatiuon of their children, which he said, had grave consequences.
Ekeocha said the programme was an enlightenment campaign on vaccination against measles and other child-killer diseases and enjoined media houses to help propagate the message.
“COVID-19 is a war which should be fought with all the arsenal the government has. Most mothers at the present stituation may not remember to go and immunise their children.
“There is need to sensitise mothers and care givers that in spite of the pandemic, they should not forget to immunise their children and wards and disregard rumours associated with the COVID-19 pandemic vaccine.
“The press, through their various medium, are enjoined to reach out to the people. Everyone in Imo is expected to know the importance of immunisation,” Ekeocha said.
Also, Dr Chibuzo Okoroama, an Immunisation Officer with Imo State Primary Health Care Developmnt Agency (ISPHCDA) in an “Overview of Measles Campaign” described measles as a highly infectious viral disease caused by measles virus that causes death of children globally.
She noted that there was no specific antiviral treatment for measles but that it could be prevented by immunisation with measles vaccine.
Okoroama listed some necessary children vaccines, their mode of adminstration and dosage.
They include Measles Vaccine for measles, BCG for tuberculosis, for poliomyelitis, Hepatitis B Vaccine, Yellow Fever and Rotavirus vaccines.
According to her, measles is spread through contact with nose and throat secretions in airborne droplets released when an infected person sneezes or coughs.
She, therefore, urged parents to ensure their children were immunised at the right time with correct doses.
Earlier, the UNICEF Programme Officer in Imo, Mr Chigozie Ojiaku noted that vaccination or immunisation is the right of every child which should not be denied them.
Ojiaku urged mothers to ensure complete immunisation processes for their children.
He harped on the need to improve on the health indices of the state through immunisation, hence the need for people of the state to get the right messages on immunisation.
Mrs Violet Igwe, Social Moblisation and Technical Officer and Director ICT in the state Ministry of Information, said information moulded opinion of people, as such its powers could not be overemphasised.
She called on the media to disseminate the information on measles vaccination and discourage propaganda on immunisation against the measles.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the journalists were drawn from the print, electronic and online media.
Edited By: Folasade Adeniran/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)
COVID-19: NOA commences door-to-door sensitisation on in 19 states.
The Director-General of NOA, Mr Garba Abari, stated this on Tuesday in Abuja at a news briefing on the agency’s observation, report and efforts in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.
Abari said that the 19 states include Lagos, Ogun, Kano, Kwara, Enugu, Katsina, Kaduna, Ekiti, Delta, Edo, Benue, Enugu, Akwa Ibom, Ondo, Oyo, Bauchi, Rivers, Ondo and the FCT.
He said that the agency observed that there was persistent disbelief of the danger and impact of COVID-19 among Nigerians, in spite of the awareness of the reality of the disease.
“In spite the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths across the country, you find out that even at some high levels, people still take it for granted.
“Many respected opinion leaders still hold and spread disbelief among Nigerians. So many myths about the COVID-19 pandemic has been ranging from conspiracies about some persons using the pandemic to make quick gains.
“Also the claims of certain herbal concoctions that can cure COVID-19 are being peddled among Nigerians especially on social media.
“NOA has devoted much efforts in the recent weeks to debunk these myths, also with the bulk messaging on COVID-19, which has been rather intellectual for people at the grassroots, where illiteracy is still high.
“Words and phrases like “Social Distancing”, “Self-isolation”, “Co-morbidity”, etc, are over the heads of grassroots people and need to be stepped down to their level,” he said.
He expressed concern that the lockdown which was initially effective, however, subsequently waned in efficacy, especially in cities where enforcement measures were concentrated.
The NOA boss also noted that in the sub-urban and rural areas, business continued almost as usual in spite of the lockdown.
He, however, said that most religious centers complied with the ban on gatherings especially in the cities.
According to him, security operatives in some cases are compromising the ban on inter-state movement by accepting inducements, in exchange of granting travellers passage.
“There were lots of opportunistic crimes in some communities around the country in the wake of the lockdown. We therefore call on security agencies to increase their vigilance to stem such crimes,” he said.
Abari reiterated his earlier call on Nigerians to strictly observe personal hygiene, social distancing and safety measures approved by health authorities to avoid contracting the virus under this partial lockdown.
The NOA boss said that, “the gradual and phased easing of the lockdown does not warrant carelessness.
“Rather, it calls for stricter compliance to the guidelines issued by the Presidential Task Force on COVID19 and the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC).”
He urged Nigerians to intensify the practice of personal hygiene, especially regular hand washing with soap and water, or use of alcohol based hand sanitizers and use of face masks in public.
Abari said that maintenance of two meters distance from other people, refraining from handshakes, abstaining from gatherings of more than 20 persons and not going outdoors unless absolutely necessary, would help to curb the spread of the disease.
He also stressed the need for prompt reporting of cases of continuous dry cough or sneezing, difficulty in breathing and high temperature to the NCDC for immediate action.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin and Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)
COVID-19: Make wearing of facemasks mandatory for residents, NOA urges Adamawa govt.
The National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Adamawa has appealed to the state government to make the wearing of facemasks in public mandatory for the people of the state.
The state acting Director of the agency, Mohammed Gabdo, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Yola on Friday that any person caught not using facemasks should be punished.
Gabdo also urged the state government to provide free facemasks for the residents to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the state.
The NOA director said that this would help government to save the cost of treating those who might contract the virus as a result of not using facemasks.
“I am appealing to government to provide free facemasks for everyone entering public places, especially places of worship and markets.
“This will serve as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19,’’ he said.
Gabdo commended the state government for lifting the ban placed on religious gatherings in the state, thus enabling worshippers hold their services.
He, however, enjoined religious leaders and their followers to abide by all the preventive measures issued by the government and health professionals, especially the use of facemasks and maintaining regular hand washing.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
Boundary closure: Report erring travellers to security agents, NOA tells Oyo residents
The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has urged residents of Oyo State to report anyone suspected to have breached the inter-state movement restriction order in their respective communities to security agents for appropriate action.
The state Director of the agency, Mrs Dolapo Dosunmu, stated this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Ibadan.
She urged leaders of the border and inter-state boundary communities to be vigilant and report any invasion of strangers to security personnel around.
Such actions, Dosunmu said, would further enhance government’s efforts at curtailing the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
The director expressed concern about the increasing migration of people from neighbouring countries into Nigeria through the land borders in the state.
“Interstate movement by erring travellers is still ongoing despite the restriction order. So if proactive steps are not taken immediately to control this, it can lead to increase in the cases of COVID-19 in the state,” she said.
Dosunmu further admonished the leaders of the border communities not to compromise the efforts of the security personnel but work with them to ensure proper enforcement of the restriction order.
The NOA boss commended residents for complying with the laid down guidelines to curb the spread of the pandemic in the state.
She urged them to continue to maintain hygienic lifestyle, social distancing, washing of hands regularly or use of hand sanitiser.
Dosunmu also commended security agents for the enforcement of the interstate restriction order, urging them to do more to ensure that the order was not breached.
Edited By: Buhari Bolaji and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
NNOA calls for strict compliance of hygiene, safety measures
The Director- General of NOA, Dr Garba Abari, stated this while reacting to non- compliance of some Nigerians in parts of the country, in a statement signed by the agency’s Head of Press Unit, Mr Paul Odenyi.
Abari lamented that a lot of Nigerians have shown disregard for social distancing, use of face masks, stay-at-home order for non-essential workers and other safety measures, since the commencement of the partial lockdown.
He warned that such risky behaviour could be detrimental to the fight against COVID19 as it could expose many to contracting the virus.
Abari noted that the government and relevant stakeholders have been working tirelessly to contain the virus, since the index case was recorded in Nigeria.
The NOA boss stressed that such efforts would not yield the desired results, if citizens do not take personal responsibility for their protection against the virus, by adhering strictly to prescribed guidelines, protocols and precautions.
According to him, the gradual and phase easing of the lockdown does not warrant carelessness, but rather, calls for stricter compliance to the guidelines issued by the Presidential Task Force on COVID19 and the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC).
He, therefore, urged Nigerians to strengthen the practice of personal hygiene, especially regular hand washing with soap and water or use of alcohol based hand sanitizers and use of nose masks in public.
He added that maintenance of two meters distance from other people, refraining from handshakes, abstaining from gatherings of more than 20 persons and not going outdoors unless absolutely necessary could help to curtail the spread of the disease
He also stressed the need for prompt reporting of cases of continuous coughing or sneezing, difficulty in breathing and high temperature to the NCDC for immediate action.
Edited By: Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)
Lockdown: Plateau borders still porous – NOA
Dabit noted that security officials from the neighbouring states constituted the highest number of persons who trooped into Plateau unhindered.
”I am afraid to say that the borders in Plateau State are still porous because people have continued to make their way into the state unhindered.
”I have observed that most of these people are security officials and because they have solidarity among themselves, they pass through checkpoints easily.
”I also believe that when they go back to their communities, people will be scared to ask them questions or report them because they are security officials.
“l want government to look into this before it gets out of hand,” he said.
He called on government to evolve a community driven surveillance structure to checkmate the inflow of people into the state, so as to ensure easy tracking of suspected COVID-19 cases and nipping the spread in a bud.
He said that surveillance should not be left to the medical and security teams alone as people have devised new methods to enter the state.
“There should be a community driven surveillance structure that will help people in the community identify and report people who come into the state.
”Traditional rulers should be made to set up community surveillance groups that will identify and report people who go into their communities without submitting themselves to authority for testing.
”They should be mainstreamed into the surveillance structure in the fight against coronavirus,” he said.
The state director of NOA also noted that people were not observing social distancing in the state.
According to him, water scarcity, insufficient money in banks and ATMs as well as hunger are some of the “natural factors” that could militate against social distancing.
”There are some socio-cultural issues that will naturally make social distancing difficult. Imagine if there is water scarcity and so many people want to fetch water at the same time.
“Hunger is also a cause, because when palliative is being shared people gather in a place and this is very dangerous,” he noted.
Dabit said that distribution of palliatives should be better managed so as to avoid overcrowding when such gestures are made.
Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Ejike Obeta (NAN)
COVID-19: NOA wants Nigerians avoid social interaction to end community transmission
The state Director, Mr Zubairu Galadima-Soba, made the call while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna.
“NOA is appealing to members of the public to be wary of the interactions they do within their neighbourhoods and in their daily activities.
“Transmission of COVID-19 has assumed a frightening proportion that we can say there is community transmission.
“We are appealing to everyone to be careful and to ensure that we use the safety tips given by health professionals.
“People should ensure they use face masks effectively; they should also use hand gloves and hand sanitiser,’’ Galadima-Soba said.
The director decried the attitude of some residents who come out to chat with friends as well as receive visitors, saying that these must stop to tackle community transmission of the virus.
Galadima-Soba urged all residents to be careful and intensify personal hygiene by ensuring regular hand washing and other safety measures.
According to him, it would be better to take proactive measures and forestall transmission than go for management which was not easy for the people, health workers and governments.
The director commended Kaduna Government for opening temporary markets within communities to avoid crowding of central markets,.
He urged members of the public to be more careful to save their lives.
Edited By: Razak Owolabi/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)
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