By; ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
A non-governmental organisation (NGO), the Center for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ) has commenced sensitization campaign towards curbing the spread of CoronaVirus.
CEPEJ embarked on the sensitization to support Government’s efforts in preventing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in parts of Nigeria, Delta State and Abuja FCT in particular.
CEPEJ also distributed hand washing buckets, soap, hand sanitizers, disinfectants, hand gloves, nose masks and instruction guides on good hygiene.
The National Coordinator of CEPEJ, Comrade Mulade Sheriff who led the sensitization exercise on Wednesday said that, “the NGO carried out the activities to complement Government’s efforts at all levels to educate and enlighten Nigerians on the need for stringent measures to curb the spread of the deadly virus.
“CEPEJ has visited communities, health centers and market places to educate the people on the importance of personal hygiene, social distancing and proper medical care, especially if they have symptoms such as fever, cough and difficulty in breathing.
“Communities should always obey directives from the Government, Ministries of Health and Information, as well as the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), to prevent the spread of the killer virus, through regular washing of hands for at least twenty seconds with soap and running water, cough and sneeze into tissue papers or on their sleeves.
“Always clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and used objects, and avoid handshakes, hugging, touching of eyes, nose or mouth for now.
“Avoid crowded places or large gatherings, keep a distance of two meters with anyone sneezing or coughing, limit contact with sick people, stay at home or seek medical assistance when sick, avoid self medication”.
“Receiving the items, the Patron/Director of Osubi Health Centre, Mrs Ajuzieugo Eseoghene commended CEPEJ for the gesture, and “promised to put the items into judicious use”.
In the same vein, residents of Osubi community applauded CEPEJ for the initiative, while traders at the Osubi market hailed the NGO for the kind gesture. They said, “may God bless you for for the good work you have done”
The Chief of Okpe Kingdom and a leader in Ugolo community, Chief Sydoff Ememor, stated that, “items donated by CEPEJ will go a long way in keeping the people safe from the killer virus.
“I promised that the items will be strategically placed in the community for maximum benefits to the people.
“CEPEJ has demonstrated its genuine interest in the development of the community through its health interventionist programmes”.
Other speakers including the Community Youth Leader, Mr ThankGod Adodeh, its Woman Leader, Madam Lady Emene and Leader of Thought, Mr. Kimo Adodeh, all “promised to make judicious use of the items to keep the people safe.
“We thanked CEPEJ for the philanthropic gesture, we pledged to support the NGO’s activities at all times”.
The CEPEJ team later trained the people on how to make use of the items and effectively wash their hands to prevent them from contracting the virus.
The places visited by the Warri Office of CEPEJ were Osubi community market and its Health Centre, as well as Ugulo community, all in Okpe LGA of Delta State. The people expressed their gratitude to the NGO for showing concern for the health of the two Okpe communities