Raipur, May 12:
UNICEF’s ‘Roko Au Toko’ campaigned was flagged off in Baloda Bazar by Collector Sunil Kumar Jain today.
The awareness campaign on COVID19 was launched by Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghelin Raipur in the first week of April. The campaign has already begun in Durg and Rajnandgaon districts. Soon it will be launched in Bilaspur, Korba and Raigarh. The campaign is jointly organised by UNICEF, Chhattisgarh and Media Collective for Child Rights (MCCR) Trust with support from Baloda Bazar district administration. The three-month-long campaign will cover Baloda Bazar, Bhatapara, Kasdol, Bhilaigarh block headquarters and several other towns and villages in the district. Job Zachariah, Chief, UNICEF Chhattisgarh said that the unprecedented times need the support of youth volunteers in every village, ward, and slum in the state. Young people are catalysts and their role are critical in addressing misinformation and promoting COVID appropriate behaviours and vaccination. He added.
During the three-month-long campaign, volunteers will support the government’s efforts to contain the spread of the virus and promote the COVID vaccination drive. They will motivate and compel the public to continue to wear masks, wash hands with soap, maintain physical distance, avoid crowded places and mobilize people to get the COVID19 vaccination. Volunteers will support the district administration to supply medicine and food to people in home isolation.
Volunteers will also reach out to the public at religious places to share key information on the pandemic. As part of the campaign, volunteers will visit residential places, markets, hotels, and other public places to raise awareness. The youth volunteers will urge all people to take COVID vaccination and seek medical assistance in case of COVID like symptoms or illness strictly following the lockdown and containment guidelines released by the district administration.
The volunteers will also appeal to citizens to follow the lockdown and containment guidelines.
Babulal Sharma, President, MCCR Trust said, “The whole world is battling the corona epidemic, and the situation in Chhattisgarh is quite serious. The only way we can save ourselves is by strictly following the Covid protocol and gets ourselves vaccinated. It’squite a challengingtask to spread awareness, and hundreds of young volunteers from MCCR Trust with the help of UNICEF are dedicatedly doing this work under the “Roko auToko” campaign.”
MCCR member Arun Bunty Chabda is campaign coordinator at Baloda Bazar. On the occasion, Gopal Sharma, Sushil Chabdra, Mukesh Sahu, Devendra Brighu, Gulshan Verma, Akash Sharma and other members were also present.