Onitsha Ado COVID 19 response team has kicked off the distribution of stimulus package to over two thousand indigenes and non indigenes of the community as part of the relief measures to challenges caused by corona virus.
The distribution which was done at Chuba Ikpeazu Memorial Stadium Onitsha in Onitsha North Council Area of Anambra State, attracted people from various villages in the community.
The distribution will last till Saturday this week.
The distribution exercise was done under strict observance of social distancing and wearing of Face mask.
Speaking during the event, the leader, Field Operations Working Group, Mrs Rita Okolonji and one of the supervisors Mrs Maria Sokei disclosed that Onitsha COVID 19 Steering Committee with other Subcommittees constituted by the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe was laden with the responsibility of raising funds and food items to alleviate the plight of vulnerable people in the community who are worst hit by the lockdown saying that the distribution cut across all age strata especially the unemployed, widows, aged, the sick and physically challenged among others.
They assured that the Response Team will work with the State Ministry of Health, as the community volunteer workers have been trained to sensitize the residents on the need to ensure compliance to all the preventive protocols by the government and World bodies to avert community spreading of the Virus.
Also speaking, the Transition Committee Chairman, Onitsha North Council Area, Mr Patrick Aghamba and the President General, Onitsha Improvement Union, Sir Chike Ekweogu, said based on the population of the town, the Onitsha COVID 19 Response Team has developed a Master plan to ensure that nobody is left out of the distribution, describing the Obi of Onitsha as a father of all.
They maintained that the palliative will be a continuous one as no one knows when the pandemic will stop while urging the people to maintain all the stipulated modalities to stop the spread of the Virus.
The leader of the Medical Subcommittee, Dr Clement Okafor who harped on the existence of the Virus said it is the responsibility of those alive to see that the Virus do not spread, hence the need to sensitize the people on the preventive measures.
He advised Ndi Anambra to always wear their face masks when stepping out but with caution to avert respiratory problem, ensure washing of hands from the elbow with running water as well as being mindful of how they touch money as it is one of the fastest ways of spreading the Virus.
Some of the beneficiaries including Mr Uche Egbuche from Ogbeoza village and Mrs Adaoba Arinze from Umuikem Village, expressed gratitude to the initiator, Igwe Achebe and the benefactors for their thoughtfulness and magnanimity and prayed God to protect all from contracting the Virus while pledging to adhere to the modalities to check the spread of the Virus.