A group, South East Coronavirus Intervention Network, SCIN has commenced massive awareness and advocacy campaign on Covid-19 in the South East, Nigeria.
The group comprises two leading Technology and Innovation focused organizations, Nzukolabs and LearnFactory, with support from “Ford” Foundation.
Speaking at the official launch of the campaign had on Tuesday, 19th May, 2020 in Owerri, Nze Meekam Mgbenwu, Coordinator of the group said the two tech hubs are collaborating to sensitize rural communities on the steps that will help to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 in the region.
According to him, in spite of the ravaging impact of the disease, many persons in rural communities across South-Eastern Nigeria still believe that COVID-19 is a sham.
Mgbenwelu said SCIN is committed to ensuring that citizens across the South-East particularly in the rural areas, are adequately equipped with the right information to stay COVID-19 free, healthy and alive.
He also observed that COVID-19 pandemic is much more than a health crisis, saying “by stressing everyone of the countries it touches, it has the potential to create devastating social, economic and political crises that will leave deep scars.”
He said, “It is evident that one of the major challenges inhibiting the fight against the pandemic in South East region and Nigeria is the poor or near absence of awareness and advocacy campaign about the dreaded virus especially in our rural areas”.
The SCIN boss further revealed that SCIN have designed various tools for Information dissemination such as jingles in local dialects, Social Media, ann would engage Traditional Rulers, community leaders, and others to achieve good results.
Mgbenwelu noted that as disruptive as the pandemic has become, there is a huge potential of vast opportunities that would emerge following the outbreak.
He also lauded the efforts of NCDC for their guidance with communication protocols and massaging content as well as other relevant agencies for their commitment to combating the scourge of coronavirus particularly amongst the rural and urban poor in South East.
SCIN finally solicited support from corporate organizations and individuals to ensure the health and safety of communities.