NOA Enlightens Abia Women On EFPs, COVID-19 … Sets Dec. 2021 Vaccination Target
By Our Reporter
The Abia State Director, National Orientation Agency, NOA, Dr. Mrs Ngozi Okechukwu has described the annual women August conference as a veritable platform to showcase the critical role of women in the homes and communities in the Southeast.
Mrs Okechukwu who said this during the women August conference of Umuosu and Umuode Nsulu in Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area of the state, also used the platform provided by the August meeting to drive home the message of risk Communication, community engagement on COVID-19 and Essential Family Practices, EFPs.
She said National Orientation Agency in partnership with UNICEF, Ministries of Health, Information and other relevant government agencies are using this mass home coming of women to drive the message of compliance to COVID-19 risk mitigation measures and COVID-19 vaccination and debunking rumours associated with the safety of the vaccine and to ensure that by December 2021, at least over Fifteen thousand women in Abia State must have been vaccinated.
The NOA Director said the August meeting has provided a forum for the cross fertilization of ideas as both those in diaspora and home interact to find ways for collective efforts aimed at developing their communities.
In her lecture, Mrs Ngozi Maduako of the State Ministry of information urged the woman to continue to observe all the COVID-19 protocols, wearing of face mask, hand washing and social distancing.
Mrs Meg Onwu of Abia State Primary Health Development Agency called for the acceptance and uptake of the COVID vaccine as it is safe, while Mrs Chinwe Eke, the Abia State baby friendly initiative coordinator, spoke on the Five Essential Family Practices of Antenatal care, Immunization, Exclusive Breastfeeding, Hand washing and Proper Excreta Disposal.
Responding, the women leaders of Umuosu and Umuode Nsulu, Mrs Nkechi Adiukwu and Mrs Blessing Ekpo commended the National Orientation Agency, UNICEF and other government agencies for coming to sensitize the women.
They pledged on behalf of other women to support their husbands in the development of their communities.