Thursday 09 July. 2020, 01:08:33 PM
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NLC, NMA, others to sensitize Ogun residents on COVID-19

The Nigeria Labour Congress, Nigeria Medical Association, Civil Societies, Private Sectors and Professional bodies have announced their plans to embark on a sensitization campaign to government agencies, health facilities, industries and major markets in the state.

The unions stated that , the sensitization campaign was to prevent community spread of COVID-19 in Ogun State.

The State NLC Chairman, Comrade Emmanuel Bankole disclosed this on Wednesday while addressing newsmen at the NLC Secretariat, Leme, Abeokuta.

Bankole said, the sensitization campaign would promote public health and income protection for workers through advocacy for social dialogue with government and private sector employers.

He stressed that, the unions would serve as think-tank to liase and advice government on its policies.

Bankole however maintained that, the sensitization campaign would protect jobs, wages and means of livelihood of Nigerians.

Doctor Islamil Lawal who represented Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) at the press briefing urged residents of the state to abide by the directives of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control.

Lawal stressed on the importance of the sensitization, noting that it would curb the community spread of COVID-19 in the state. 

He however called on the state government to support the unions in advocating for the prevention of COVID-19 in the state.

The Chairman, Committee for Defense and Human Right (CDHR) in Ogun State, Comrade Yinka Folarin who represented civil societies at the press briefing called for privatization of health sector.

He said, civil societies in the state would collaborate with the NLC to achieve the sensitization programme.

He said "The situation has made us realise that we need to go back to our long term agitation which is the privatization of health sector. We will collaborate with NLC to ensure we get it right". 

Also speaking at the briefing, Comrade Roseline Solarin who represented nurses in the state, called for insurance of health workers in the state.

She noted that, many health workers in the state have tested positive to COVID-19.

Solarin however urged residents of the state to abide by the directives of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

She said "Many people still believe that COVID-19 is not real. We really need to go out and let our people know that it is real. It is better for us to prevent COVID-19 than contracting it. We have many of our members who have contracted the virus," she concluded...
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