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Violators of Covid-19 regulations should be made to do community works – Group

A cross-section of professionals in Ogun State wants the government to promote the use of town criers to propagate COVID-19 safety guidelines and adopt community work as sanctions for violators of necessary protocols. 

The professionals on the platform of Penpushing Media made the recommendations in a communique issued at the end of online deliberations on the theme, ’Coronavirus and its Management by NCDC: How far?’. 

The team of medical doctors, health consultants, legal experts, educationists, civil society representatives and media professionals expressed optimism that such measures would bring about the necessary attitudinal change to issues of physical distancing and use of face masks among Nigerians. 

In the communique signed by the Chairman, Editorial Board of Penpushing Media, Mrs Funke Fadugba, the discussants advised government to target markets, motor parks and other public places when passing the vital information to people in the rural areas in their local languages.

While commending the Nigeria Centrel for Disease Control, NCDC, and the Presidential Task Force, PTF, for being proactive in pushing out information through the social and mass media, the group identified the need for the government to provide bailouts for media organizations. 

The Penpushing Media discussants also encouraged State governments to scale up their testing procedures and address the upsurge in cases of domestic violence, rape, incest, teenage pregnancies, insecurity and other crimes.

They also acknowledged the efforts of NCDC in promoting the safety guidelines for mass gatherings and schools reopening while calling on relevant authorities in the education sector to concentrate efforts on making the facilities safe for academic activities to engage the children and youths positively.

Oluremi Olugbenro

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