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Beakanyang sensitizes URR communities on Covid-19

Jun 26, 2020, 12:47 PM | Article By: Fatou Dem

As part of its efforts to help stop the spread of Covid-19 in the country, Beakanyang, a local NGO recently concluded a sensitisation tour of communities in the Upper River Region.

The community outreach targets women, traditional leaders and police in Wuli West District of Upper River Region.

Communities were sensitised on precautionary measures recommended by WHO and Ministry of Health, signs and symptoms of covid-19 as well as the Public Health Emergency regulations.

Speaking throughout the tour, Nfamara Jawneh, executive director of Beakanyang briefed communities on the covid-19 local and global updates.  He urged the people of Wuli and Gambian in general to observe social distancing to help contain the spread of the virus.

“We are also aware of the fact that a section of the communities does not believe that coronavirus is real and there is so much misinformation going around.  As such, we decided to embark on the campaign to help stop the spread of the virus,” he said.

According to Jawneh, he has personally loss some acquaintances in US who died of Covid-19 and as such warned local people to take the virus seriously.

Meanwhile, during a meeting with the police, the rights activist warned that Covid-19 regulation enforcement should not be used as an opportunity to violate human rights in Wuli and anywhere in the country. Women and youth leaders in communities such as Kerewan, Barrow Kunda, Fadia Kunda and Sare Ngai applauded Beakanyang for educating them on Covid-19.

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