Kano base Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), under the Community Health Research (CHR) has distributed over 1,000 facemasks to Messengers, Cleaners and food vendors in Government offices in the state.
Distributing the facemask to the beneficiaries, Hajiya Rabi Mustapha, one of the AMMKaS member, an NGO under the CHR said the donation was an effort of various humanitarian NGOs in Kano.
According to her, the distribution of the facemarks to the vulnerable in the society was to ensure they are protected from the COVID-19 and to also tackle the transmission of the virus while conducting their duties.
Mustapha added that the NGOs have also distributed facemask to water vendors, market women, vegetable, meat and fruit sellers across the state.
She explained that, “we hope to reach more people wherever they are doing their businesses so that to enlighten them on the existence of the disease, and also preventive measures.”
According to her, the CHR has also distributed over 5,000 washing and hand washing Soap to various health facilities across the state aimed at ensuring their safety.
“Main objective of the group is Awareness creation, prevention and Control of COVID 19 in Kano, and
Members are drawn from different civil society organisations like, AmmKas and CHR.
“Our main topics of discussion in the group are Daily update of COVID 19 ìn Kano and the country at large, finding ways of creating awareness on lockdown issues and discussion on situation analysis on any update pertain COVID-19 in the state.
“Discouraging issues related to stigma and discrimination towards discarged covid 19 patients. Understanding the reports by the media on COVID-19 to make proper understanding between fake and genuine information.” she said.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to newsmen commended the effort of the group, calling on other individuals and organisations to also emulate such gestures.