By Tony Abet
Government has introduced a live online programme to engage citizens and experts on COVID-19 pandemic, as the country relaxes the lockdown.
The webinars facilitated by medical professionals to answer and demystify the myths around COVID-19 will feature on social media channels and zoom online application, in addition to television.
Hosted by the Government Citizen Interaction Centre, under the Ministry of ICT & National Guidance, webinars will focus on the science behind Covid-19, the threat of misinformation during a pandemic and coping with anxiety and mental health during a Crisis such as COVID-19.
Vincent Bagiire, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of ICT & National Guidance, says the move is meant to allow citizens interact with experts and get a better context of the pandemic and government’s efforts to protect them against COVID-19.
The programme will run through May and June.
This is an initiative among Ministry of Health, Ministry of ICT and National Guidance and Konrad-Adenauer, an international organisation that focuses on civic education.
Dr Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Health hailed the partnership as a timely intervention that will allow ordinary citizens to understand key issues around the management of pandemic.
“The success in controlling COVID-19, lies in continuous community engagement and to appreciate that the disease is not an ordinary one. It is a global war and we must fight it together if we are to succeed,” she said.
The partnership will also entail activities under the Faces of Care campaign, profiling and showcasing the human resource of the frontline workers such as Doctors, Nurses, Ambulance drivers, hospital cleaners and customs official at different points of entry who have been central in ensuring the pandemic is kept at bay.