A non-governmental organisation, Stella Omu Foundation has in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19, commenced the distribution of buckets and soaps to public places in Isoko to enhance regular handwashing and promote hygienic lifestyle. The foundation also distributed relief materials such as yam and Yale bread to cushion the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
The distribution of the materials was flagged off at the house of Major General Paul Ufuoma Omu (rtd) in Igbide, Isoko South on Tuesday by members of the foundation, who thereafter visited all kings’ palaces in Isoko North and Isoko South to present the handwashing materials.
Some other places that received the materials include the secretariat of Isoko Development Union (IDU), the Police Area Command Ozoro, the Oleh Police Command, the Isoko South Local Government secretariat, orphanage homes, among others.
Speaking during the flag off ceremony, Rockson Igelige, who represented the founder of the Foundation, Senator Stella Omu said that the handwashing materials are very essential in promoting a healthy environment and preventing the spread of the infectious coronavirus in Isoko.
“The Stella Omu Foundation for family, youth empowerment and safety felt it is very necessary at this time that COVID-19 is ravaging the entire world to promote and practice a healthy lifestyle. There is no better time to develop a culture of frequent handwashing than now. This will prevent us from contracting the coronavirus and other deadly virus and bacteria infections. This is why these materials are being distributed to public places in Isoko as our own contributions to assist the government on the fight against coronavirus in Delta State and Nigeria,” Igelige said.
He also noted that the relief materials were being presented to the orphanage homes and others as palliatives to reduce the effects of the lockdown ordered by the government because of the coronavirus.
While tasking the public on the need to comply with the guidelines and directives of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, retired Major General Paul Ufuoma Omu said, “the outbreak of COVID-19 is a very critical issue that must not be joked with, hence, the Who Health Organisation, WHO said coronavirus is worse than an epidemic and described it as a pandemic.
“We should maintain social distancing, use alcohol based sanitizers and build the culture of frequent handwashing with medicated soap as well as use face masks in public places to prevent the spread of the virus.”
On his part, the IDU President, Chief Iduh Amadhe, who appreciated the foundation for the kind gesture, said the initiative would go a long way to inculcate and inject hygienic culture into public life in Isoko. He described Senator Stella Omu as the “mother of Isoko”, adding that he was not surprised that she is looking out for the well-being of the Isoko people.