by Alli Mustapha
On Monday, March 9, The Ejigbo Local Government Council of Lagos State started sensitising its residents in support of the state government’s strength to curtail further spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
This was made known by disclosure in the statement of the council chairman, Alhaji Monsurudeen Bello, issued by the council’s Media Officer, Mr. Kunle Oladele, in Lagos on Monday.
The statement reads:
“With a special squad created by the Environmental Health Services Department, the Council has started the mass publicity since on Thursday, from the Jakande Estate Retail Market. The awareness focused on the causes, prevention and control of COVID-19, and Lassa fever. There was also a demonstration of the proper ways to keep their hands clean”
“The sensitisation also covered personal hygiene, food hygiene, environmental hygiene and modes of waste disposal. This is not a one-off sensitisation, as the Council has decided to make it a daily exercise, due to the prevalence of the COVID-19 virus.’’
He also said that other markets, schools, motor parks, and communities within the council would be visited soon, to educate, enlighten and correct rumour and misinformation on the threat of the virus.
Bello said that the community leaders, traditional rulers, religious leaders, opinion leaders and sector leaders, market associations CSOs and development partners have been encouraged to participate in the campaign to deepen the sensitisation.
He said that would help the people to stop panicking and ensure that Ejigbo people are prepared to beat the virus and minimise its impact on their economy; that together, they can fight the scourge.
He then urged residents to take precautions by washing their hands regularly, covering of mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing and then cleaning the environments and surfaces regularly with disinfectants.