Covid-19: Nigerians need enlightenment as NPI only option- Minister

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said that no vaccine or drug yet for COVID-19, the only option now is Non Pharmaceutical Intervention (NPI), which includes social distancing, self-isolation (if exposed in any way), contact tracing and staying at home, this need massive public enlightenment to inform Nigerians in all nooks and crannies of the country.

In a remark by the Honorable Minister on Presidency Task Force PTF Covid-19 Advocacy for Covid-19 at the Conference Hall of OSGF on Wednesday, he said with the Nigeria Center for Disease Control NCDC developing content for the advocacy, the Task Force is doing a lot to get life-saving messages to Nigerians. He noted that Radio jingles, produced by the NCDC with support from the UNCDC, USAID and Dettol in Pidgin, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, and TV jingles in English are being broadcast on some radio stations in the six states of the South West while the TV jingles are being broadcast on NTA, Channels and TVC.

“We are up-scaling that to ensure the jingles are carried by radio stations in all the states and the FCT and in many indigenous languages. Radio is one of the most powerful platforms to reach the grassroots. The Task Force is keenly aware of this, hence it has deployed the entire radio stations on the stable of Radio Nigeria to commence the broadcast of the jingles across the country.

He added that short messages on preventive measures were developed for broadcast as bulk SMS on the networks of Telecom service providers as a way of reaching out to millions of their subscribers. “Efforts have been made to harmonize all the messages going out from different sources to guard against sending out contradictory messages.

Due to the synergy, all the social media handles of the State House and the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture are currently sending out similar messages”, he said.

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