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20 volunteers begin training for COVID-19 outreach, sensitisation in Onitsha

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VOLUNTEERS numbering no fewer than 24 have started a COVID-19 outreach and sensitisation training in Onitsha.

  The volunteers known as “Wellbeing Ambassadors” were being trained to deliver ‘outreach and sensitization programmes,’ for early prevention and mitigation of COVID-19 within the Onitsha community.

  A medical intervention group – the Onitsha COVID-19 Response Team (ORCCRT) were bankrolling the training workshop, at the Ime Obi Eze Onitsha.

Declaring open the training, on Wednesday, Leader of Field Operations Workgroup of OCCRT, Kpari Rita Okolonji, explained that the training was in line with Anambra State Government’s preventive measures aimed at containing of spread of Coronavirus pandemic.

  According to Okolonji, the 24 include some heads of village units, Ndi Diokpas that will work as a team in the 20 villages that make up the Onitsha indigenous community.

  She enjoined the participants to always pay attention and imbibe the knowledge and skills needed to contain the virus in their various villages.

  She thanked the Onitsha North Transition Chairman, Mr Patrick Agha Mba for helping to provide the medical expert to handle aspects of the training.

  Director, Health Department, Onitsha North Local Government Area LGA, Dr Johnson Ezedinachi during the training explained that COVID-19 was a disease caused by new virus, known as COVID-19.

  The virus was first reported in Wuhan, China, sometime December 2019.

  “You must presume that everyone you encounter is a carrier, including yourself. That way, you will be extra careful,” he observed.

  He added that COVID-19 was more dangerous in the elderly people or those suffering from other ailment.

  “Everyone is at risk of contracting this virus, including those with health issues, like diabetes, hypertension, asthma, heart disease, other immune depressive disorders, the aged and children.

  According to Dr Ezedinachi, the objective of the training is to raise their sensitivity to community mitigation strategies, so as to be effective at village levels.

  He urged the participants to ensure that the measures on to ensure that everyone staying at the villages would be safe are kept to.

  “Coronavirus can be transmitted through small droplets from the nose or mouth that are spread when an infected person coughs or exhales,” he noted.

  “People can catch COVID-19 by touching objects, shaking of hands, embracing or being in close contact with others,” the health expert said.

  He recommended that people should wash hands frequently, with soap under running water and use hand sanitisers frequently.

  “You must wear your face masks and stay at least two meters away from each other; avoid crowded places and stay at home.”

  Dr Ezedinachi, also put them through on how to wear face masks correctly and how to wash their hands as well practice social distancing.

President, Onitsha Improvement Union (OIU), Sir Chike Ekweogwu, urged the Wellbeing Ambassadors to always take their work seriously.

  One of the participants and Coordinator, Council of Ndi Diokpas, Ojinnaka Azubuike Uzoechina, expressed joy at the training, saying “the training is good and I learnt things that I did not know before now.

  “When we go back, we will teach our people and other residents what they must do to prevent this deadly disease from ravaging us.” 

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