By Isiyaku Ahmed
Reports from the Nigeria Center for Disease Control [NCDC] reveals that Kano State covid-19 cases are increasing, in seven weeks, the state has over 940 confirmed cases.
To reduce the increasing number of cases and get the right information on the overall covid-19 response, management, palliatives, patients care and communication, the Kano State Task Force on Covid_19 Response with support from Lafiya; a UK support to health in Nigeria organized a training workshop for 200 media and Civil Society Organizations – CSOs in Kano.
Understanding the modes of transmission, prevention and control of covid-19 and communicating the right messages on covid-19 to the general public and know how to link services within the community are some of the training objectives.
The Kano State Task Force on Covid_19 Response has six pillars; the training is organized under the risk communication pillar that has the responsibility to engage with the public through sensitization and other activities.
Lafiya is a seven years United Kingdom program that supports health in Nigeria, it is being implemented in Abuja, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Yobe and Borno States to save lives, reduce suffering and improve economic prospects for the poorest and most vulnerable in Nigeria through encouraging government to increase resources invested in the health sector.
In his opening remarks, Dr. Auwal Abdu Fagge who represented the coordinator, Kano State Task Force on Covid_19 Technical Response Team, Dr. Tijjani Hussain recognized the roles of civil society organizations and the media in sensitizing the public, he admonished them to intensify their efforts in that direction against covid-19 pandemic.
Dr. Musa Muhammed Bello is a member of the Kano State Task Force on Covid_19 response and the pillar head for monitoring and research, he said “the training is organized for all members of civil society organizations that are legally registered with Kano State government and the training will be conducted in two batches in order to ensure physical distancing during the training”.
It is expected that after the training CSOs will cascade the training at their organizations and interact with community members to sensitize them on the misconceptions and counter divisive narratives of covid-19, he added.
He concluded that suspected cases and people with the symptoms can easily be referred to service centers, more especially now that there are cases of community transmission.
Ibrahim Garba Maryam is program coordinator at Transparency Development Information Initiative – TDII. He acknowledged that apart from virtual meetings, this is the first physical training he has attended since the emergence of covid-19, he was appreciative to have learnt more about saving lives, preventive measures of hand washing with soap, using sanitizers and face masks.
Transparency Development Information Initiative is determined to complement government efforts through sensitization and advocacy at grass root level.
Rabi Yusuf Gezawa is Executive Director at Gender and Disability Inclusion Advocacy Center – GADIAC, she says the training increased her knowledge on prevention and management of covid-19.
At the end of the training, participants developed next step and action points.
It is expected that with the right information circulating in the community, there would be increase in number of tests and a reduction in the prevalence of covid-19 cases in Kano state.