Chief Austin Anibogwu, the Traditional Prime Minister of Obosi, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra has appealed to the people to join hands with COVID-19 community team to fight the virus in the town.
Anibogwu made the appeal in Obosi on Saturday during the presentation of COVID-19 palliatives to women born in Mmakwu village Obosi who are married to other parts of the community and beyond.
“ Women are great mobilisers, please join hands with the government and leaders of the community to fight against the community spread of the coronavirus by constant sensisitisation of the people around you.
“ pass the message in your age grade meeting, women meeting, church meeting, in all the markets in Obosi, let fight this scourge together before it overwhelms us,” he said
He appealed to the women to assist in propagating the gospel of observing the safety rules given by Medical experts on ways to control community spread of the deadly virus.
“The task force formed in the community means well let people listen to them and observe the rules, Obosi is not doing well in keeping the rules, let us all join hands to talk to the people , who do not believe in the scourge,” he said
Anibogwu said that the virus existence was not in doubt and urged the people to listen to the call to obey all safety rules which ranges from regular hand washing with soap for twenty seconds, wear of face mask, keep social distancing amongst other.
The prime minister was represented by Mrs Osita Anadi, the president of the “Umuada” daughters of the village where Anibogwu hails from.
Earlier Anadi urged the women to listen to the clarion call of their brother and take the message to all corners of the community and beyond with the aim to support the fight against community spread of the virus.
Mrs Gladys Okanueme , 87years old member of the women group appreciated the palliatives given to them by the prime minister and assured that his appeal would be listened to.
Okanueme said that the virus had denied the women so many activities which means that it was a real problem that must be faced squarely so that normal activities would return to the town.
“ We do not go to marriage, house warming, child naming and burial ceremonies as part of activities that keeps us busy in the village ,we are hiding in our homes, this is not good at all for us, it will kill us more so we must join in the fight,” she said
Mrs Chidinma Molokwu , secretary of the women group assured that the message would be given due attention to safe the community from contracting the virus.
Mrs Joy Chigbo the vice President of the group assured Anibogwu that great importance would be accorded his request. ” We will do our best to disseminate the information that people should comply with the community and state COVID 19 team to fight the scourge.
.Mrs Agnes Odogwu, a retired health worker with Ideemili South LGA of the State said that Obosi community was among the communities in Anambra who do believe in the existence of the virus
Odogwu said that constant awareness need to be given to rural dwellers as most of them still doubt the existence of the virus in the state even as the case has increased to 29 and with records of deaths.
She said that Anambra governmnet should operate a more open approach to its handle of the COVID-19 cases so as to make propel believe, let have areas and names or centers where victims would been seen receiving treatment, discharged or relatives of those declared dead.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that over fifty women was in attendance and the shared the bags of rice , semovita, ground oil, salt, dryfish amongst other items