COVID-19: NGO sensitises Sokoto women on safety protocols, reporting GBV

Freedom Life Initiative (FFLI), an NGO, has commenced a sensitization campaign against -19 disease targeting women in endemic local government areas Sokoto state.

at campaign launch in Wamakko local government area, on Monday, Project Director FFLI, Hassan Muhammad-Ladan, said women would also be sensitized on Gender-Based Violence (GBV).

He said they needed to be adequately sensitized to strictly adhere to -19 protocols and to report cases violence to appropriate quarters, especially given fact that many women were ignorant of -19 symptoms, as such they would not know whether they had contracted it or not.

“They cannot differentiate between -19 symptoms and that of mild cold. This is why we embark on this campaign,” Muhammad-Lada  said.

Muhammad-Ladan added that women were targeted because they were most vulnerable in rural areas.

On GBV, he observed that there were many cases of violence against women and children, commending the state government enacting a new law aimed at curbing the menace.

He thanked the United Nations Population (UNFPA) and the Sokoto state government their support to the campaign.

Hajara Salisu and Sa’adiyya Sabi’u, some women who spoke at the event, said that they were better equipped now on the COVID-19 protocols, while commending  the NGO and other organisations for their support towards containing the COVID-19 disease and its spread.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the event witnessed Question and Answer sessions, as well as demonstrations of COVID-19 symptoms, ways to suspicious cases and treatment locations in the state. (NAN)