The Emir of Zuru in Kebbi, Muhammadu Sani-Sami, on Sunday directed traditional and community leaders in his domain to sensitise their subjects to comply with precautionary measures against COVID-19 pandemic.
The Emir gave the directive at the flag-off of COVID-19 sensitisation campaign held at his palace in Zuru.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the event was attended by the five Chiefs, District Heads and other community leaders in the Emirate.
Sani-Sami advised people in his domain to imbibe best hygiene practices as directed by medical professionals to avoid contracting the virus.
He also urged those who returned from countries affected by the virus to go for test to determine their COVID-19 status.
The Emir lauded Sami Gomo Foundation for spearheading the sensitisation campaign which he described as “apt and timely considering the current global emergency in which everyone is concerned.”
The monarch directed traditional leaders at the event to convey the message to their respective domains and monitor compliance.
He appreciated the state government for the efforts taken so far to sensitise the public as well as other measures put in place to curtail the spread of the pandemic.
The emir expressed happiness with the positive response and understanding exhibited by Islamic Scholars in the emirate who unanimously agreed to close all Islamiyya schools in compliance with the directives of the state government.
Also, the Executive Secretary, State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Abubakar Attahiru-Kaoje urged the people to maintain personal hygiene, environmental sanitation, social distancing and stay at home, to avert contacts with carriers.
He also urged them to take precautionary measures against meningitis commonly prevalent in this period.
Attahiru-Kaoje particularly advised the people to sleep in ventilated places and avoid crowded places to prevent meningitis.
Earlier, Dr Aisha Aminu-Senchi said the foundation would carry out intensive sensitisation campaigns across all villages and hamlets in the emirate.
NAN reports that the event featured presentation of sanitisers and other consumables by the wife of Kebbi Governor, Dr Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu and the Primary Healthcare Development Agency.
A drama was presented on the pandemic and standard hand washing practices while hand washing materials provided by the Foundation were also distributed to the five chiefdoms, hospitals, transport unions and security agencies among others.
NAN also reports that sitting arrangement at the event was strictly on social distancing requirements.
Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
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