By CrossRiverWatch Admin
Due to current challenges faced by most vulnerable households in this period of COVID- 19 pandemic, Professor Charles Effiong Foundation, a not-for-profit organization established with the mission of facilitating access to quality care and support to vulnerable populations has supported households in its Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s (OVC) Education and Health program with food items as well as relevant information on the pandemic, nutrition, abuse of children and hand washing practice.
This activity was birthed after previous communications with the households to ascertain the level of challenges which revealed that they needed to be supported in this trying times.
Twenty-one (21) vulnerable households in Calabar Metropolis and Oban community in Akamkpa Local Government Area benefitted from the distribution of the items distributed.
Visits to the households featured presentation of the items to caregivers and/or children which they received with excitement and appreciation.
During the visits, the Foundation staff, Ms. Asari Nakanda held talks on COVID-19 pandemic; modes of transmission, preventive measures and adherence of household members to preventive measures.
Most households had adequate knowledge on the modes of transmission as well as the preventive measures. Some households especially in the Calabar Metropolis mentioned having and using face masks only when going out of their homes.
Others mentioned hand washing although not so frequent as their primary preventive measure they take to prevent them from contracting the virus. Most households mentioned that they avoid going out of their homes during this period in order to reduce exposure to the virus.
Caregivers and children were admonished to practice frequent proper hand washing as it is primary in the prevention of the disease. The Foundation staff constructed a local running tap in front of the houses to serve as a reminder to household members to always wash their hands frequently. Household members were also taught on how to make use of the tap.
Issues also discussed with the caregivers during the visit, were on nutrition and harmonious living in the home which will serve as a preventive approach against malnutrition and abuse of children respectively during the lock down period.
The recipients were all excited. They appreciated the visits as well as the items given to them by the Foundation. They however promised to adhere to the various preventive measures explained to them during the visits in order for them to stay healthy.
See pictures from the exercise below.
Since You Are Here, Support Good Journalism
CrossRiverWatch was founded on the ideals of deploying tech tools to report in an ethical manner, news, views and analysis with a narrative that ensures transparency in governance, a good society and an accountable democracy.
Everyone appreciates good journalism but it costs a lot of money. Nonetheless, it cannot be sacrificed on the altar of news commercialisation.
Consider making a modest contribution to support CrossRiverWatch's journalism of credibility and integrity in order to ensure that all have continuous free access to our noble endeavor.