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COVID-19: Red Cross sets aside millions for schools awareness campaign

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The Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) on Tuesday dedicated an estimated amount of N.dollars 6 million to assist government in curbing the spread of the pandemic through its COVID-19 school awareness campaign at various schools in ten regions of the […]

The Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) on Tuesday dedicated an estimated amount of N.dollars 6 million to assist government in curbing the spread of the pandemic through its COVID-19 school awareness campaign at various schools in ten regions of the country.

The funds are availed by the NRCS’s donor, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for the outreach campaign that runs in schools of Kavango East, Kavango West, Khomas, Kunene, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana, Otjozondjupa, Oshikoto and Zambezi regions

NRCS Health and Social-National Coordinator, Willemina Gaoses told Nampa on Tuesday that the Red Cross has been massively supporting the Health Ministry since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic through the outreach educational campaign which includes the supplying of face masks and sanitisers.

“Unfortunately, in terms of capacity, we do not have representatives or offices in the Omaheke, ||Kharas, Erongo and Hardap regions, but however we will make a plan on how we can include them with assistance from some of our volunteers from the head office in Windhoek,” she said.

Gaoses said the campaigns aim to educate learners, staff and school employees in frequent hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, appropriate mask use, recognising COVID-19 symptoms and knowing what to do when getting sick as well as the provision of hand hygiene stations at entrances and exits at schools.

She said the Red Cross society will be donating 70 handwashing booths to the ministry of health and social services to be distributed to selected schools throughout the country, plus face masks and sanitisers.

The COVID-19 education campaigns run through national and community radios across the country, and will run up until the pandemic perishes, she noted.

Namibia Red Cross Society has close to 4,000 registered volunteers nationwide, and it is believed to be the biggest volunteer-based organisation in the country.

It works in partnership with Red Cross Movement partners, government entities, development agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector, in implementing its various projects.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

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