New York, April 14,
The Mbaise Policy Roundtable (MPR) Health team, has expressed optimism for a successful execution of their planned Mbaise-wide, Ward to Ward Coronavirus Prevention Awareness Program following meeting with the three Local Government Area (LGA) Chairmen, Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) and top health officials of Mbaise.
Reporting on the meeting, Mr. Bright Ugochukwu, the MPR lead coordinator for the MPR Coronavirus Prevention Awareness Program (MCPAP) said, “The coast is becoming clearer for us to have hitch free training as we were able to get in touch with the three LGA chairmen and DPOs today. We toured round our Mbaise Community to make sure the three areas were captured. The LGA Chairmen accepted us and the proposal as a welcome idea and told us to go ahead with the program on any date we have chosen.”
Consequently, the tentative roll out plan for the program, according to Mr. Ugochukwu, is as follows;
“1. Tuesday 21st April, 2020: Training of Community Informants in all the 3 LGAs.
- Wednesday 22nd April, 2020: First community awareness campaigns hold in all the communities based on the catchment area of the informants.
- Wednesday 29th April, 2020 – 2nd community awareness campaign in all the communities
- Wednesday 6th May, 2020- 3rd community awareness campaign in all communities
- Wednesday 13th May, 2020 – 4th and last community awareness campaign in all the communities
- Monday, 18th May, 2020 – All coordinators reports received
- Monday 25th May, 2020 – Report of intervention presented to funders
- Further action based on expert guidance and situation of the pandemic.”
The MCPAP, according to a statement by Casca Ohanele, Chief Press Secretary of MPR Inc., “is an innovative knowledge based COVID 19 Prevention Awareness Program, that will be executed in the 36 wards of the three LGAs of Mbaise. About 250 healthcare workers will be trained and deployed, leveraging existing Local, State government and WHO resources, to accomplish set objectives. The goal of this program is to empower the people with requisite knowledge to make the right behavioral choices that keeps everyone safe without coercion. The healthcare workers will be making weekly teaching and compliance assessment visits to their assigned Wards, to ensure people are strictly engaging in the right safety behaviors.”
Commenting on the development, Professor Eddie Oparaoji, MPR Chairman, said “We are very encouraged with the developing partnership between MPR and the administrative and security leaderships in the three local governments, in ensuring the execution of this best-in-class program. It is our hope that this will pave way for bigger and better outcome for Mbaise.”
The statement by Ohanele noted that “MPR is the premier pre-eminent Mbaise Public Policy and Business Advisory Council in the World, focused entirely on the development of Mbaise and Imo State, through the facilitation of financial and in-kind resources, private investments and private public partnerships. MPR is situated to liaise, partner, and/or collaborate with international entities, the Imo State Government and agencies, and the private sector to produce and advance policies that will fast track Mbaise and Imo State development to a first world status.”