By Olimatou Coker
The National Council for Civic Education (NCCE) concluded a massive awareness raising campaign on COVID-19 and distribution of facemasks.
Speaking, Yusupha Bojang, Programme Manager, said the intervention is in the context of the recent unprecedented surge of COVID-19 cases and related fatalities mainly through community transmission, and the persistent denial of the existence of the virus and reluctance by some segments of the population to adhere to the WHO precautionary etiquette as well as Government regulatory measures.
According to Bojang, the nationwide awareness campaign started on 12 August, 2020 in Banjul and KMC, and terminated on 21 August, 2020 in Passamas in Wuli East and Garawol in Kantora, Upper River Region.
“Two teams of campaigners were deployed, covering the two banks of the river simultaneously; one in the North Bank and the other in the South Bank.”
He further explained that, the exercise was aimed at raising awareness about the COVID-19, the signs and symptoms, WHO preventive etiquette and the government regulatory measures to contain and manage the spread of the virus.
The beneficial communities and institutions expressed appreciation to the NCCE for their unrelenting efforts in the fight against COVID-19 through vigorous sensitization and provision of essential protective tools such as sanitary materials and face masks to vulnerable communities and frontline workers.