In line with its resolve to help Nigeria in the fight against the deadly COVID-19, volunteers with the African Development Institute of Research Methodology, visited various markets in Enugu state during the week.
It will be recalled that the Institute had recruited and trained 150 individuals to serve as emergency response team and to help educate members of the public on how to protect themselves from contracting the disease.
Latest updates on the deadly virus shows that Nigeria has so far recorded a total of 234 cases, with 5 deaths. A total of 33 people have also been discharged. Lagos which has the highest number of cases-120 is followed by the FCT with 47 cases.
Expectedly during their visits to the markets, they volunteers were received with mixed reactions. While some people accepted them with their messages on how to stay safe at this critical period, others questioned their credibility.
But in all, the goal-public sensitization was achieved.
Their duties included sensitizing the public on ways to avoid contracting the virus, how to identify the symptoms of the virus and what to do in case of suspected case. They also shared flyers to members of the public.
The group which visited markets in Enugu East LGA, successfully reached out to well over 150 people. Sadly, it was observed at the time of the visit that most traders were not observing the social distancing order.
Th group however educated the traders on the need to observe the order as a way of helping to deal with the spread of the virus. The group equally observed that most traders were less concerned about the importance of always washing their hands and maintaining personal hygiene.
After the sensitization, most of them promised to cultivate the habit of always using hand sanitizes and maintaining the social distancing order even at home.
In Garriki Market, Enugu South LGA, the situation was not any better as traders were not observing the social distancing order. They were however educated on the need to maintain the order to avoid spreading the virus.
Some of the locals were irked by the government’s decision to locked them down without providing them with any means of survival. They said the decision would adversely affect businesses when the resume again.
In all, the traders expressed happiness with the decision by the Institute to educate members of the public on how to be safe amid the outbreak of the deadly virus.