The National Covid-19 Emergency Response Centre (NACOVERC) has ended a three-day training for Risk Communication Leads, Social Mobilization Managers and District Spokespersons at the Bo Government Secondary School, Southern Sierra Leone.
Speaking to participants at the opening ceremony, the Health Education Program Manager in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) and Risk Communication Lead NACOVERC, Harold Thomas, said the training aimed to capacitate Risk Communicators, Social Mobilization Managers and District Spokespersons to effectively and efficiently execute their duty during this emergency period.
Mr Thomas furthered that at the end of the sessions, participants are expected to be able to jointly, rapidly and effectively implement Risk Communication and Social Mobilization activities during the period of the Corona pandemic.
He emphasized that understanding the basic principles of emergency risk communication and community engagement is very important to the effective and positive output of Risk Communicators, Social Mobilizers and Spokespersons.
David Fortune, the District Coordinator of DICOVERC Bo, noted that the training would benefit district staff by enhancing their activities as Social Mobilization Managers, Risk Communication Leads and District Spokespersons in their various districts.
He described the knowledge acquired by participants as a weapon that can be used positively to fight the Corona pandemic.
Mr Fortune stated that the region had been longing for the opportunity to capacitate their Lead Risk Communicators, Social Mobilization Managers and Spokespersons because they have direct interaction with the public and need the required skills to do so properly.
He, however, pointed out that his district is constrained by inadequate financial support, which he said has been a major hindrance to their operations.
Group exercises on presentation of Draft District Risk Communication and Social Mobilization Strategy and Recommendations.