FCC Ends Phase II Of Covid-19 Community Engagement Exercise
The Freetown City Council has on Saturday 19th September, 2020, successfully wrapped up the second phase of the COVID-19 Community Engagement Exercise which lasted for 12 weeks.
During this result oriented and achievable three-month long exercise across the 48 wards in the Freetown municipality, the services of over 500 youth influencers and prime stakeholders were assigned with the tasks of mobilizing people for focus group discussions, undertaking door-to-door sensitization, awareness raising, community outreach and to name but a few.
These community mobilizers and influencers were trained and capacitated with the necessary tools, knowledge and key messages on the novel corona virus to be able to educate , sensitize and raise awareness on COVID-19 with the goal to curtail its fast transmission and to also eradicate the virus not only in Freetown municipality , but the country in entirety.
It’s factual that the strategy applied by Mayor Aki-Sawyerr to a very large extent contributed to the halt in transmission of the virus in the capital city and also increased the level of education and awareness of Freetonians as Freetown was the epic centre of the virus.
Interestingly, the teams were working on a daily basis and thus, they were able to maintain consistency and effectiveness in messaging and awareness raising.
Today, there’s a complete sigh of breath as the number of confirmed cases per day have been totally decreased and thus, the virus is now resisted and unaccommodated by Freetonians as residents in the municipality are now adequately armed with the necessary knowledge to fight the virus.
This localization strategy applied by Her Worship, Yvonne Aki-Sawyer to fight the corona virus has not only worked in this pandemic, but also proved very meaningful during the Ebola epidemic few years back.
By Amb. Penpusher
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