Mr. Muhammad Shafiq, WHO Emergency Manager, Health Emergencies Programme, who disclosed this on Monday said that the UN agency and the Yobe government have conducted COVID-19 House-to-House risk communication awareness to over 90,000 residents of the state.
Shafiq, represented by Dr. Ibrahim Salisu, a Public Health Officer said the aim of the exercise was to sensitize the larger populace of the society who might not have access to information through the mainstream and social media.
“We have also deployed teams of community health champions who are working to improve community sensitization in the second wave of the pandemic.
“In the last one month, we have reached out to more than 90,000 people with COVID-19 prevention messages,” he said.
He said that the WHO was also providing the necessary technical support for the state government to strengthen its health system to mitigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He added that WHO has been improving the state’s surveillance system and had donated 400,000 Information/ Education Materials.
Shafiq also said that the WHO has built the capacity of health workers on Gender-Based Violence, trained doctors on COVID-19 clinical management, supplied assorted drugs, and provided psycho-social support for the survivors.
Yobe has recorded 390 COVID-10 cases and nine deaths across its 17 local government councils as of Sunday, April 25, 2021.