Religious leaders have been urged to take the message of ‘Hope on COVID 19’ and it’s precautionary measures to their respective place of worship.
The message was handed over to the religious leaders in Rivers state at a one-day workshop organized by Cartas Nigeria in collaboration with Nigeria Inter-Faith Action Association, NIFAA on COVID 19 message of hope intervention for effective COVID 19 sensitization in Port Harcourt.
The representative of NIFAA, Doctor Fatima Fanamirami said the aim of the workshop is to re-enforce W.H.O guidelines on COVID 19 and community support by debunking the myth and misconception surrounding it.
Dr Fatima said religious leaders are term to have more voices than government; hence, the group decided to train the leaders in other to spread the message that COVID 19 is real and can be prevented.
Some of the participants who spoke to correspondent said the training has debunked some of the myth and misconceptions they had, and promised to continuously spread the message of hope on covid 19 precautionary measures.
Our correspondent reports that some IEC material was distributed to participants to aid them in spreading the message of hope.
Recall that the Association of Resident Doctor, Rivers State University Teaching Hospital RSUTH, had called off his one-week strike, embarked with solidary with the national body.
The state President of ARD Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, Doctor Ela George made this known after the Associations emergency congress meeting held in Port Harcourt, through engagement with the office of the secretary to the state government.
Dr. George added that the legislative process on the accelerated hearing on the residential training 2017 as commenced through the office of the house committee chairman on health.
Our correspondent reports that Dr George said the state government has demonstrated commitment in addressing the nagging issues of the resident doctors.
Recall that last week the Rivers State government directed all striking resident doctors under the employment of the state government to call off its strike action immediately.
The state government made the announcement in a statement by the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Tammy Wenike Danagogo.
The statement said there was no justifiable reasons why the Rivers State resident doctors will join the national to embark on the strike when the state government is not owing them.
“To this end, the Rivers State Government having reaffirmed its position with respect to the above, will not tolerate further strike actions by Resident Doctors in Rivers State and will be compelled to invoke the “No Work, No Pay” rule on striking house Officers.