To support national efforts against COVID-19, the Mediator of the Republic of Niger in collaboration with World Vision hosted a campaign launch on Monday, 10 August 2020 at the Royal Palace of Tahoua Region. Activities under the campaign against the spread of the novel coronavirus will extend over four days in the Cantonal areas of Tahoua, Bambey, Kalfou and at the University of Tahoua.
In addition to the Mediator of the Republic of Niger and staff from World Vision, persons in attendance at the launch ceremony included the Regional Governor, the Canton Chief, the Regional Director of Public Health, and the Regional Coordinator for OCHA. After words of welcome by the Canton Chief and an address by the Regional Governor, World Vision's Tahoua Team Leader emphasised that this campaign was organised to strengthen the level of prevention against COVID-19; a virus that has upset the social and economic relations of all nations, countries and communities.
Thereafter followed the speech of Mr Ali SIRFI MAIGA, Mediator of the Republic of Niger, who reminded citizens and the public that the end of lockdown and the state of emergency does not mean that the pandemic has ended. He called on the entire Tahoua community not to lower their guard but to continue to protect themselves against the virus.
The launch ended with the handover by World Vision of a batch of supplies containing 120 hand-washing kits, 138 soap boxes, 14,500 local masks, 38 spraying kits, 20 window masks, 552 bottles of bleach, 145 hydro-alcoholic gel, and 6,900 surgical masks; all worth 19,000,000 FCFA (USD 34,000).