By Isiyaku Ahmed
Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje distributed over 20,000 face masks to Civil Society Organizations at Africa House to the leaders of civil society organizations in the presence of Lafiya, UK funded program in Kano.
By its design, LAFIYA is strategically positioned to help DFID channel its support to the government of Nigeria covid-19 response at national and state levels. The distribution activity is to provide support to the covid-19 response in Kano including flexing to neighboring states where the need is greatest, support to continuity and access to essential primary health services to support central role of health workforce in the response.
The face mask palliative distribution was part of the sensitization training for CSOs on Covid-19 Response in Kano State, about 100 Civil Society Organizations benefited from of the face mask palliative distribution.
Hajia Umma Mohammed Rakana is Accountability and Advocacy Coordinator at Lafiya, Nigeria in Kano. She said over 20,000 pieces of face masks were distributed to different CSOs for onward distribution to public and their host communities for the prevention of community infection.
A beneficiary of the palliative, Dr, Kabiru Hamisu Kura, the Executive Director, Community Development Initiative said his organization will encourage the use of face mask by sensitization and mobilization in his host community in Kura Local Government Area.
Similarly, Naima Ibrahim, the Executive Director at Niima Community Health Development Initiative said her group will distribute the face masks during their usual sensitization activity in Ladane, Nassarawa Local Government Area.
The use of face mask is one of the preventive measures for coronavirus; it makes the user feel safer and it gives people confidence in work space, social hub or gatherings.
The activity was conducted with the support of Nigeria Center for Disease Control – NCDC, World Health Organization, United Nation Children Education Fund – UNICEF and the State covid-19 Task force under the lead of the Deputy Governor of the State Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna.