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Body donates 200,000 face-masks to Igbo groups in Lagos

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THE success of Nigeria’s battle to flatten the curve of COVID-19 pandemic depends on individuals and collective compliance with government protocol and guidelines on physical distancing and non-pharmaceutical interventions.

  This hint was dropped by a non-political body called Igbo Stakeholders Forum Lagos recently in an event held in Festac Town. 

  Speaking at the event, Chairman of the body, Nixon Okwara described face-mask as one of the major means of controlling the spread of the virus, which informed why the Forum chose to donate free 200,000 facemasks to representatives of about 19 Igbo socio-cultural groups in 10 local government councils in Lagos state.

  He further urged beneficiaries to share the facemasks with their family members and make judicious use of them.

  “In fact, we feel strongly that if we can reach the grassroots via these different organisations and bodies, the mitigation of COVID 19 will be effective. Facemask is one of the major means of controlling the spread of the virus. The only way we can get out of this pandemic is by individual and collective efforts of complying with the protocols.

We are a grassroots organisation that loves his people. We are holding this gathering to educate and sensitise the people on the need to comply with government directives on how to flatten the curve of COVID-19 pandemic. Also, it is to share 200,000 facemasks to the people who are here represented by leaders of different Igbo socio-cultural organisations across local government areas of Lagos state. The messages as well as palliatives will be delivered to members of their groups,” Okwara,  said.

He disclosed that earlier in April at Oshodi-Isolo local council, the Forum donated hand sanitisers to various Igbo groups as part of efforts to alleviate the challenges of COVID-19.

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