MTN Uganda continued the Mask wearing campaign by holding a webinar under the theme; “Managing Covid -19 Together”.
The Webinar which featured panelists from The Ministry of Health, Uganda Redcross Society and MTN Uganda was aiming at sensitizing Ugandans about the importance of wearing masks.
Ugandans were also urged to observe the other Standard Operating procedures such as hand washing and social distancing in the fight against Coronavirus.
While opening up the Webinar, Enid Edroma, the General Manager MTN Corporate Services said that MTN is using mothers to put across the mask campaign message because mothers are influential figures in the behaviour change of their children.
“We as a corporate company are looking out for the lives of the people we serve because Covid 19 has become a serious issue yet people are still adamant towards observing the SOPs including the wearing of masks,” Edroma said.
Speaking about mask wearing, Ezama said that; “As Uganda Redcross, we do a lot of operational research and this guides our interventions. And we know that mask wearing is important in terms of preventing the disease. If we all wore masks, then we would slow down the rate of infections.
”Kabanda also noted that mask wearing was found to be an effective preventative measure by the World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control based on what transpired in countries like China that contended with the pandemic before it spread to other countries.
Ezama further noted that; “From the data gathered by epidemiologists, the cases are anticipated to peak as move towards the end of the year, unless something drastic happens.”
He further noted that the myths surrounding the pandemic, lack of youth participation and loss of livelihoods due to the financial disruption caused by the pandemic remain a huge challenge in the fight against the deadly virus.
As a way forward, Ezama noted that; “We are going to need the “whole of society approach” for everyone to pull their weight in this fight and urged the media to give the community vital information and encourage them to comply with the SOPs.
Edroma urged the corporates and development partners to rally behind the ministry of health and support the fight against the virus; “To the corporates out there, let us support this endeavor and put the weight of our brands behind this cause.
“At MTN, we are promoting the use of masks and other SOPs in order to prevent the spread of the virus because Covid is real.”