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COVID-19: Diaspora Group Plans Outreach To 4m



By Chuks Ekpeneru

Determined to tackle the ravaging Coronavirus pandemic, the Nigerians in Diaspora Organization, Europe (NIDOE) is planning to reach more than four million Nigerians to provide answers to frequently asked questions on the pandemic.

A statement from NIDOE, said the programme was an initiative conceived in partnership with the Sub Saharan Open University (SSOU) and World Hope Youth Mentors (WHY-MENTORS), North Carolina to strengthen awareness on COVID-19 in Nigeria.

The statement jointly signed by Vire Komolafe, the General Secretary, Kenneth Gbandi, the Chairman and Fidel Wilson, the Public Relations Officer, said the campaign would be implemented under NIDSAFE Initiative.

They said youths in Nigeria would be the focus in creating awareness of the pandemic.

“Answers will be provided for question like how to disinfect food, What care should be taken with a person with disabilities and the elderly and if masks can be reused.

“All these questions will be answered on the social media broadcasts and this will be in addition to provision of protective kits like facemasks and sanitizers for frontline Youths/healthcare workers,” it said.

The statement said the objectives of NIDSAFE Initiative in Nigeria was to help Nigerian youths to understand the origin and terminology for COVID-19.

It said the initiative would help youths to describe mode of spread of coronavirus and also, provide an understanding on how to limit its spread in communities.

“It will describe the clinical presentation and progression of the disease, provide understanding on the principles of managing people with COVID-19 and prevent the spread of the pandemic in hospitals,” the statement added.

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