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Three-month exercise against Coronavirus launched in Tana River

A consortium of nongovernmental organizations has launched a three months exercise to effectively prevent Covid-19 contagion in Tana River among other counties.

In Tana River, the project, dubbed Pamoja dhidi ya Corona is implemented by Common Ground NGO jointly with Tana River Peace, Reconciliation and Development.

The initiative aims at sensitizing residents about the pandemic including the need to adhere to the stipulated MOH prevention measures including maintaining social distance, washing hands and wearing face masks.

Area Common Ground Officer Rebecca Gomaloku said they will address misinformation on Coronavirus within the communities and mitigate the harmful effects of Covid-19 on social cohesion and ongoing conflict preventive efforts.

“We will conduct community dialogue sessions in Kalkacha, Mikinduni and Chewani villages and also organize radio talk shows in the county,” she added.

A local children officer Maria Mboti advised the NGOs to come up with resilient programs to support families economically as they have been affected by the pandemic.

The two were speaking during a stakeholders’ capacity building session at a Hola hotel.

Speaking at the same forum, area Assistant County Commissioner Geoffrey Mwachofi said the government through the department of Information in Tana River, last month conducted a three-day community sensitization campaign against Covid-19 in the region.

He urged the stakeholders to encourage Tana River residents to go for Coronavirus jab and to also observe the guidelines put in place by the government to counter the deadly virus.

According to Ministry of health immunization status report 1,116 people have so far received the first coronavirus vaccine dose in Tana River County but only 364 have received the full dose.

By Sadik Hassan

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