A socio-political pressure group, Foundation of Movement for Good Governance (FMGG), Anambra branch on Wednesday urged spirited individuals and organisations to lend their support to the government in the fight against covid –19 pandemic.
The foundation which distributed 1,500 free face masks to residents to stem the spread of COVID-19 in the state also sensitised the public using placards with inscriptions that emphasised the importance of social distancing, regular hand washing, use of sanitisers and face masks.
The Director-General of FMGG, Dr Patrick Enuneku told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview in Awka, after the exercise that the gesture was aimed at encouraging the state government and residents.
“We primarily set up the organisation to assist and encourage good governance for national development.
“We are interested in promoting and encouraging participatory governance for equitable sharing of resources and even development of the nation,” he said.
Enuneku said the group, which has spread across the country, Ghana and the United States of America, was determined to ensure human survival, especially in the face of the pandemic.
“Everyone needs to wear face mask.
“Again, due to the lockdown and its effect on the economy, not everybody would be able to afford the face mask,” he said.
The director-general disclosed that similar gesture would be replicated across the 36 states of the federation from next week.
Also speaking, the Ag. State Director of the Foundation, Dr Chigozie Uzoh commended the measures so far put in place by the state government to mitigate the spread of the disease.
“We have noticed the efforts of the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano through the sharing of some face masks and other palliatives but the truth is that it is not enough for the public.
“Government and individuals alike have tried, and that it why our organisation is helping the much it can to complement their efforts to curtail the spread of COVID-19,” he said.
However, Uzoh, who noted that there was still much to be done to mitigate the effects of the lockdown and spread of COVID-19.
Reports say that the state currently has no case of COVID-19 as the index patient was discharged a week ago from protective care centre after his second test of the disease returned negative.
The result of the 36 other contacts of the index case, who were under surveillance also returned negative.
Meanwhile, the state governor has ordered the reopening of churches and food markets with strict adherence to social distancing and use of face masks, among other directives.