COVID-19: EU Boosts UNICEF’s Community Engagement With 1.2million Euros In Nigeria
European Union supports United Nations with lifesaving assistance to fight COVID-19
The United Nations (UN) has announced the sum of €1.2million from the European Union for the provision of lifesaving response activities for COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
In a statement made available to Kapital FM online by UNICEF Communication Specialist, Dr Geoffery Njoku, that the fund will enhance the UN COVID-19 response in Nigeria.
This is comes as the UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for urgent action to support the world’s children amid the universal crisis.
António Guterres observed that the looming global recession resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic could cause hundreds of thousands of additional child deaths this year.
“The humanitarian funding received will further the UN’s COVID-19 response in Nigeria, by engaging with communities on how to best protect themselves from the virus and providing essential health supplies where they are needed most.”it said.
The statement quotes UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Peter Hawkins, that the critical funds from the EU, the UN as a whole in Nigeria is in a better position to do the important work of engaging with communities on how they can prevent the spread of this virus.
“And also complement the government’s efforts to ensure that healthcare workers can continue the critical work they are already doing to test and treat cases in the country,”
According to UNICEF, the humanitarian funding received will enhance the UN COVID-19 response in Nigeria, by engaging with communities on how to best protect themselves from the virus as well as providing essential health supplies where they are needed most.
According to Head of the EU’s Humanitarian Aid Office in Nigeria, Thomas Conan, “In these trying times, the European Union is maintaining its humanitarian support to the most vulnerable people in Nigeria, where we have funded close to €271.5 million (116 billion NGN) in emergency food aid, shelter, access to clean water, hygiene and sanitation, and basic primary healthcare since 2014.”
With EU funding, UNICEF will be contributing to the efforts underway in the country to contain the spread of the virus and mitigate its effects.
It will help with the emergency response to identified cases, as well as prevention and preparedness measures for possible future outbreaks in crowded cities and camps for internally displaced people in Nigeria’s north-east region.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, and global health leaders around the world, are advising that physical distancing, washing of hands on a regular basis and staying at home will help significantly to halt the progress of the virus,it added.