The Ministry of Health is engaged in educating the community about COVID-19. Officials on the ground are visiting schools and other locations to inform the public about the virus. The Technical Advisor in the Health Education and Community Participation Unit at MOH, Kathleen Azueta-Cho, told us the different methods they use to do so.
Kathleen Azueta- Cho, Technical Advisor, Health Education and Community: “We have the community health workers who are pretty much the front line volunteers at the community level. We have about two hundred nationwide of these individuals, presently they’re on the ground working closely with the schools, working closely with the religious groups, they’re doing health fairs, pretty much any medium that can serve as a way of disseminating that information they are out there doing that on the ground as we speak. The Ministry of Health is working closely with the Ministry of Education, we will be meeting with them on Monday along with other partners like the Red Cross Society and UNICEF, we’re pretty much strengthening our forces, going into the schools, all the education materials have been shared among all these organizations and line ministries. The idea is to keep the prevention messages going. Every day precautions; washing your hands, avoid touching your faces especially among the young children, you asked about mass gatherings we are discouraging having these large crowds especially for the older folks.”
According to Azueta-Cho, MOH is also working with the private sector.
Kathleen Azueta- Cho, Technical Advisor, Health Education and Community: “In terms of the education component we are doing some of these sensitization sessions with the business community, we have our district officers in all these districts meeting with Bowen and Bowen, Social Security, DFC, with the Magistrate’s Court again just getting them informed and more knowledgeable about what to do and then based on that information these organizations will then decide on their own plan of action.”
For now, these are the steps MOH is following. In the future, there is the possibility of closing schools and mass events being cancelled, but MOH will inform the public before doing so.