…. Visits Urua Nka, Hausa quarters and Motor parks
In her efforts to curb the spread of the much dreaded corona virus pandemic in Eket Local Government Area, the Eket Action Committee on COVID-19 has begun a massive door-to-door sensitization campaign to intimate indigenes and residents of the area on the pandemic, its mode of spreading and preventive measures.
The sensitization campaign began on Friday, May 1, with traders at Urua Nka as well as the Cyclists Association at Eket Motor park and the Hausa community as the first point of call for the exercise.
Addressing traders at the popular “Urua Nka” market in Eket Local Government Area, the Chairman of the Eket COVID-19 Sensitization Committee, Barr. Akpadiaha Ebitu appreciated Governor Udom Emmanuel for taking proactive steps to inaugurate the State COVID-19 team to monitor and curb the spread of the pandemic in Akwa Ibom State, as well as the construction of isolation centre for suspected cases of the dreaded COVI-19.
He extoled the Chairman, Eket Local Government Council, Mr. Frank Archibong for corroborating the efforts of the Governor by inaugurating of the COVID-19 Action Committee in Eket LGA. He therefore, urged the traders to adhere strictly to the various preventive measures to stop the spread of the virus, including: hand washing, use of hand sanitizers, wearing face masks, maintaining social distances and many others.
“No responsible government who feels the plight of his people, would allow the pandemic to ravage its people, that is why the Akwa Ibom State Government led by Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel had earlier set up the COVID-19 team to sensitize the state on the spread of the pandemic. In the same vein, the Eket Local Government Chairman, Mr. Frank Archibong also inaugurated the COVID-19 Action Committee in Eket LGA to properly sensitize his people on ways to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Barr. Ebitu expressed.
He donated face masks, hand sanitizers and pails for hand-washing to the traders, and stressed on the need for them (the traders) to ensure a holistic use of the items provided by the Eket Local Government Action Committee on COVID-19 for their safety.
Responding on behalf of the traders, the market leader, Mrs. Eka David Udoh who described the initiatives of the Eket Action Committee on COVID-19 led by Barr. Akpadiaha Ebitu as legendary promised to ensure that traders and customers in the market adhere to the rules and regulations given by government to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the market and by extension Eket Local Government Area.
Barr. Ebitu also addressed members of the Akwa Ibom State Motorcycle Transporters Association (AMOTA) in Eket and donated personal protective equipments to them. He charged the Chairman of the Association, Mr. Ukeme Pius to ensure that the use of face masks by every cyclist operating in Eket Local Government is mandatory, or any defaulter thereof should be penalized accordingly.
Members of the Eket Action Committee on COVID-19 including Mrs. Charity Thompson, Nurse Emah and Dr. Nnenna Ekanem Edohoeket, took their turns to sensitize the people on the novel COVID-19 pandemic, its mode of spreading and preventive measures.
The team also visited the Hausa Community at Marina Junction to also educate them on the effects of the pandemic, and distributed personal protective equipments to them.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after the exercise, the Committee Chairman, Mr. Akpadiaha Ebitu expressed satisfaction at the way the people responded to the campaign by the Eket COVID-19 team. He disclosed that the committee has made provisions to distribute over ten thousand face masks to people in Eket to protect themselves against the spread of the disease and added that the team would move round all the villages in Eket Local Government Area to sensitize and distribute personal protective equipments to the people until the pandemic is defeated in the area.