COVID-19: Rising Confirmed Cases Worries UNICEF/NOA …Reactivates Interactive Programme
By Our Reporter
The Abia State Director, National Orientation Agency, NOA Lady Ngozi Okechukwu (Ph.D) has expressed deep concern over the rising cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria despite the efforts injected by stakeholders.
Lady Okechukwu made her feelings known at the Boardroom of Vision Africa Radio, Umuahia, during a stakeholders training to re-introduce the “Abia state COVID-19 talks”, a thirty minutes interactive programme, done with all the nine radio stations in Abia state.
Lady Okechukwu who was worried at the level of vaccine rejection in the State, decried that such hesitations posed a big threat to the society.
She called on the radio stations in Abia State to do more in enlightening, sensitising and educating the public on the importance of taking the COVID-19 vaccine and also take the programme, “Abia state COVID-19 talks”, as part of their corporate social responsibility.
She disclosed that NOA judiciously made use of the opportunity offered by the August women delegates conference to address women in 340 communities scattered across the state on the issues Essential Family Practices, child survival, routine immunization, COVID-19 prevention and vaccine hesitancy in Abia State.
Lady Okechukwu who also disclosed that the purpose of the meeting was to develop a framework skeleton for a thirteen weeks magazine programme, showing the programme outline, segments, broad content, and duration of each segment and the signature tune that will run across all the nine radio stations in Abia state, appreciated the UNICEF for reviving the programme and also supporting them to undertake house to house engagement using the volunteer community mobilizers, an exercise that will take place in Umunneochi LGA.
She emphasized that the common uniting element, the theme, the signature, the payoff times among others, should be embedded in the programme.
She also made it clear that the Agency would continue to appreciate and partner with the UNICEF and other developmental organizations to engage Abians on the need to help curb COVID-19 in the state.
Lady Okechukwu used the forum to appreciate all the nine radio stations that participated during the first phase of the programme.
Declaring the training open earlier, the Director General of the Broadcasting Corporation of Abia State, BCA, Sir Anyaso Anyaso represented by the Director of News and Current Affairs, Comrade Hyacinth Okoli observed that Nigerians doubted and still in doubt of the existence of the novel COVID-19 and the vaccine, because Federal Government neglected the media whose job is to sensitize the people on issues of public importance.
He equally observed that about eighty percent of Nigerians do not believe the existence of COVID-19 but urged media workers to put in their best to the programme to enable it record success.
One of the resource persons and the UNICEF representative, Mr Newton Barabara in his talks, said that the vaccine was introduced to save lives, including the lives of loved ones.
He maintained that the government cannot introduce to its citizens, a vaccine that will harm them and passionately appealed to Abians and Nigerians in general to get vaccinated and end the spread.