By Our Correspondent, Kano
As part of efforts at ensuring Covid-19 pandemic is eliminated in Nigeria, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has procured and distributed 257,500 Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) materials to Jigawa, Kano and Katsina States.
The materials according to Mr Maulid Warfa, UNICEF Chief in Kano Field Office, are met for awareness creation on the COVID-19.
He said that 225, 000 SBCC materials were distributed in Kano state, 32, 000 in Katsina state and 2,500 in Jigawa as part of the fund’s efforts in fight the pandemic in the country.
Warfa said that the materials would help in explaining to the public more about the pandemic, including the necessary measures to be taken to prevent its spread.
He said, “We trained facilitators in states and local government areas on how to create awareness on COVID-19 response. We also distributed mega phones (four per ward), in Kano.
“UNICEF is a member of the Kano State Task Force on COVID-19 and the Risk Communication Sub-committee, supporting and advising the state in the prevention and response to the dreaded disease.
“We are sponsoring a radio and television educational learning for children at home to last for initial three months,” he said.
Warfa said the sponsorship was being done in collaboration with the Kano State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), the state Ministry of Education, Radio Kano and ARTV.
He said the nutrition section of the field office had engaged in discussion with the states to consider an alternative delivery of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) treatment in anticipation of lockdown either within and/or statewide.
“Part of the strategy includes leveraging on community workers as a platform diagnosis and management of complicated SAM cases,” he added.
He said that UNICEF had facilitated a review of the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 in Kano state, with key emphasis on the present and potential economic and human development effect of the pandemic.
The chief said that the paper highlighted and suggested critical recommendations that the state could consider, based on best practices.