From Noela Ebob Bisong in Limbe
The Divisional Officer, DO, of Limbe I sub division, Acha Gilbert Nkwenti, and the mayor of the municipality, Mbwaye Eposi Florence, yesterday, March 25, undertook a sensitisation campaign to school the population on the dangers of the coronavirus pandemic and ways to curb the spread.
The duo made the first stop at Half Mile Limbe, about 10 a.m, Thursday, where they educated Limbe denizens and travelers at the busy stretch on observing COVID-19 preventive measures. The move was accompanied with the free distribution of face masks to the population.
At Check Point Mile Four through to the market, the team questioned some passers-by why they had no face masks on. Many said they simply forgot it at home. DO Acha Gilbert warned such against any negligent attitude with regards to fighting the pandemic. He said anyone seen without a face mask along the streets in the days ahead, will be arrested. He also used the opportunity to sensitise children of school-going age selling in the market to embrace education for their wellbeing.
The last stop of the campaign was at the Mile Four bus station where the team spent time with the bus station officials as well as drivers to educate them on the need to double their efforts in fighting the pandemic. The drivers were told that every passenger should put on a face mask before entering their vehicles. They were also told to always have hand sanitisers on board to share with passengers as they get in.
“Ensure to add 200FCFA on the fare of any passenger without a face mask,” Mayor Mbwaye told the drivers.
While sharing the face masks, the population was told it should not be kept in the pockets but should be put on always.
Many Limbe denizens, who, for one reason or another were not in possession of a face mask at the time of the campaign, seized the opportunity to get one, promising to put it on always.
The Guardian Post gathered that a total of 350 face masks were distributed during the campaign.
Speaking shortly after the campaign, Mayor Mbwaye Eposi Florence said: “The first time COVID-19 came, we struggled to manage it but the second phase of this pandemic is serious than before. So, we thought it wise to go out to sensitise the public. Many people think that COVID 19 is not a reality; we need to educate them on the reality of the disease”.
It should be recalled that this is the second campaign against COVID-19 engaged by the Limbe I Council, the first being the disinfection of the municipality few months ago. Mayor Mbwaye says the present campaign which hopes to distribute at least 5,000 face masks will continue on Monday, March 29.