Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19, CACOVID has called for a massive awareness campaign to halt the community spread of the coronavirus pandemic and get the nation’s economy back on track.
CACOVID’s Administrator and Chief Executive Officer of Aliko Dangote Foundation, Ms. Zouera Youssoufou who made the call in Lagos, while receiving briefings from the Grassroots Awareness Campaign Team, explained that the Coalition embarked on the campaigns against community spread as experiences from other countries have shown a possibility of resurgence even after the virus has been tamed if people were not sufficiently educated on basic hygiene and made to comply with protocols and guidelines.
She stressed that if the gains of the past few months in combating the deadly virus are to be sustained, all efforts should be geared towards grassroots awareness campaigns to halt community spread of the virus.
Ms. Youssoufou who noted that it would be preposterous to relax at this time and allow the people get back to their old lifestyles and ignore the preventive measures against the disease stated that CACOVID launched the Phase II of the grassroots awareness campaign after experiences from the first phase showed that a lot still needed to be done to sensitise the people and making them realise that preventing the virus is in their hand.
In his remarks, CACOVID’s Communications Coordinator, Anthony Chiejina, said the Coalition embarked on the awareness and mobilisation campaign to encourage the immediate adoption of safe personal hygiene practices.
Mr. Chiejina pointed out that the campaign is starting at an auspicious time as the Federal government is re-opening the economy, adding that it is especially important at this time to reinforce basic information in order to forestall the possibility of more community outbreak of the disease.
CACOVID had expended several billions of naira intervention, assisting the Federal and State governments in providing medical supplies as well as building isolation centres to treat COVID-19 infections in the country.
The Group also provided testing equipment to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), organised training for medical personnel handling the COVID-19 cases and distributed foodstuff to millions of Nigerians nationwide during the lockdown.