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COVID-19: World Bank, Oyo, others share palliatives

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TO MITIGATE against the effects of COVID-19 pandemic and assist people that were economically affected, Oyo State Government, the World Bank and Heritage Bank PLC distributed palliative packages to over 200 less-privileged individuals in the state.

The intervention also included a psychosocial service in the form of counseling to the vulnerable people to lessen the psychological effect of the global pandemic on their mental health.

The programme, which was under the Oyo State Community and Social Development Agency (OYSCDA) took place at two local government areas in the state over the weekend while other local government areas will also benefit from subsequent interventions.

According to the Acting General Manager of the Oyo Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA), Abisola Adabanija during the sensitisation campaign and distribution of the palliative packages in Ijanadogo community in Oriire North Local Council Development Area, Olokoto and Sooro community in Irepo Local Government, Kishi, disclosed that the new component in the efforts of the agency was a World Bank initiative targeted at the vulnerable and less privileged, aimed at strengthening them on coping mechanisms on after-effect of COVID-19 pandemic.

Adabanija stated that apart from the social infrastructure funded by the World Bank through the agency in the rural communities, as the CSDP project would be winding up in September, 2020, the new component would look into some of the psychological problems, facing individuals and families.

She explained further that the project under the leadership of Governor Seyi Makinde would support the agency to respond to the needs of people in specialised areas of psychotherapy, counseling, training and provision of psychosocial support to the less privileged.

“This programme was designed with the support of the World Bank and our donor body, which is Heritage Bank to help support individuals from different homes that research has shown, is affected by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

“Apart from the palliative packages which will assist in meeting some of their immediate needs in food and consumables, we are also giving them counseling to strengthen them psychologically against depression and other mental issues.

Adabanija added that the sensitisation to the CSDP beneficiary communities was to identify some of the psychosocial problems and how they would be able to cope with economic and other social vices after COVID-19 pandemic.

Counseling sessions were seen being conducted privately on individuals by the agency’s Gender and Vulnerable Officer while an NGO called Rural Nurture Initiative was also on ground to support.

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