To mitigate the negative impact of Coronavirus and prevent its spread, a non-governmental organisation, Lydia Ajoke Ogun Foundation (LAF) in collaboration with Jemi9 Resources Limited recently organised an event tagged #COVID-19ImpactYourCommunity at Lekki, Eti-Osa Local Council, which has the highest number of cases in Lagos State.
The programme was aimed at reducing the spread of the virus by providing vital information on COVID -19 to traders, artisans and the underprivileged, who find it difficult to grasp with the reality of the pandemic as well as to provide basic needs such as non-perishable goods, masks and hygiene kits for the communities.
It was also to provide online access to crisis counsellor to help people cope with the stress of the pandemic and mental health; campaign for maintenance of supply of corridor food supply despite closed borders and assistance with human rights issues in the instance of abuse and violation.
The President of the foundation, Adedayo Alli Esquire said: “It has come to our notice that in spite of the lockdown directives by the government, full compliance has not been adhered to, most especially in the areas of social distancing and taking extant precautionary measures.
“Traders, artisans and people of various stations are moving freely without caution. Many still hold the erroneous belief that the virus is not real, others believe the virus can only be contracted by the “rich” and some are of the view that they are on the streets because they would have to survive, as there are limited provision in place for them…”
Alli commended Lagos State and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the proactive and efficient management of the pandemic.
He urged Lagos residents to cooperate with the government, stakeholders and individuals providing palliatives during this period and keep to the rules handed down by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and National Center for Disease Control (NCDC).