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Bayelsa SOMTEC Enlightens Community On Disease Prevention

Posted: Jun 23, 2016 at 12:04 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Igoniko Oduma

Yenagoa – The Bayelsa State Social Mobilisation Technical Committee (SOMTEC) on Tuesday took its campaign on “key household and community practices” to Ovom community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.

Led by Mrs. Beatrice Sikpi, SOMTEC Desk Officer, at the state Ministry of Information and Orientation, the committee was received by Chief Matthias Simeon, paramount ruler of Ovom community, in his palace.

Also present at the palace were Mrs. Mini Abaribote and Mr. Awobi Deme, women and youth leaders, respectively, of the community.

The campaign which is carried out under a tripartite partnership between the World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) and the Bayelsa State Government, focuses on four cardinal areas, namely, “Growth Promotion and Development”, “Home Management”, Disease Prevention” and “Care Seeking and Compliance.”

In a presentation on disease prevention, Mr. Tarinyo Akono, a member of the team and immediate past chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Bayelsa State Council, emphasised the need for proper disposal of  faeces, covering of food and hand washing with soap and water, among other disease prevention measures.

He also spoke on prevention of HIV and care for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

In her remarks, Mrs. Beatrice Sikpi stressed the need for the people of Ovom to engage in safe household and community practices to enhance healthy living.

“We must remind ourselves and care for ourselves because if you are not infected, you could be affected,” she said.

While thanking the paramount ruler for his co-operation, the SOMTEC Desk Officer appealed to him to help spread the message across the length and breadth of Ovom community.

Speaking, Chief Simeon expressed delight at the visit and lauded the committee for the enlightenment on such health practices that could keep community people away from dirt.

“I will meet with my council of chiefs. I will discuss with them and then we will proclaim for every member of the community to converge on the community field and reproduce this lesson to them,” he assured.