By O’star Eze
In a bid to douse the scare and spread of CoronaVirus Epidemic among the people of Anambra State, Cajethan Okolo Foundation for the Orphans and Less Privileged in partnership with Anambra State Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Sunday April 19, visited Model Orphanage, Awka to sensitise them on best practices in combating the virus and disabuse their minds from fears inspired by fake news being spread on social media.
It would be recalled that earlier in the year at the beginning of the scourge, Cajethan Okolo Foundation had donated scores of hand sanitizers to the home while promising them that they would be restocked as soon as their stock depleted.
This time, armed with some food items as well as a health expert, Dr Casmir Nnaemeka, the foundation took time to educate the home attendants on the whys and wherefores of the WHO recommended practices that would ensure their safety and that of the children under their care in the face of the COVID 19 epidemic.
Addressing the home attendants which included a resident nurse, the matron and several assistants, Engr Cajethan Okolo, who led the the team, applauded them for their diligence and dedication towards ensuring the children were well taken care of. He encouraged them not to relent in their efforts especially as it concerned protecting them from being infected by the virus.
In his words, “We thank you for your good work and encourage you not to relent. Okolo Cajetan Foundation will always be here for you to ensure that you receive every support you need to carry out your works of love effectively. Today, we came to know how you are faring and interestingly, the Admin of Ministry of Women and Children Affairs brought along a doctor who will educate us more on this COVID 19 epidemic and how we can survive it. Please endeavour to inform us whenever the hand sanitizers we brought you the other time finishes so we can get more.”
On her part, Mrs Patience Anagor, the Director, Administration, Ministry of Women Affairs who represented the ministry observed that the home was fully applying the WHO hygiene directive. She expressed her delight at the cleanliness of the home and charged the attendants to keep up the good work.
“I will report back to my commissioner that you are indeed observing the good hygiene practices as you were directed. You have nothing to fear as long long as you maintain this culture,” she said.
Dr Nnaemeka took time to explore the nature of the virus, best hygiene practices and the reasons for them. He also debunked several myths and false information which were being paraded by the social media and encouraged the attendants not to spread any information they had not verified with an expert.
“I understand that social distancing is not in our culture but the demands of the day require we endeavour to observe it. Other practices we are asked to observe are necessary hygiene practices we are supposed to make our culture.
“You also need to start cleaning your furniture and floors with disinfectants after receiving visitors. There are lots of lies on the social media so you need to verify any information you get from there before believing and spreading them. Anxiety from false information is bound to kill more people than COVID 19 would. Let us not fall victims. Let us help ourselves and remain properly informed and we would have nothing to fear,” he admonished.
There was also a question and answer session during which some of the attendants were clarified on some issues bothering about the virus and how to avoid contracting it. The matron, in her vote of thanks, was full of accolades for the foundation for being a father to the children of the home. She thanked Engr Okolo profusely for always coming to their aid and prayed God to keep him and bless him and his team.