A mass awareness campaign about COVID19 in Somalia
Coronaviruses or COVID19 are a large family of viruses that may cause illness in animals or humans. The virus is mainly spread during close contact and via respiratory droplets discharged when people cough or sneeze. Respiratory droplets may be produced during breathing but the virus is not considered airborne. People may also catch COVID-19 by touching a contaminated surface and then their face. It is most contagious when people are symptomatic, although spread may be possible before symptoms appear. The time between exposure and symptom onset is typically around five days but may range from 2 to 14 days.
Common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Complications may include pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome. There is no known vaccine or specific antiviral treatment. Primary treatment is symptomatic and supportive therapy.
The first outbreak was reported from China back in December 2019, Today, Covid19 is pandemic and impacted every aspect of our lives. In Somalia, on 16 March, The Federal Ministry of Health confirmed the first case in Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia. The virus is contagious and life-threatening to people who are at great risks, like people who are over the 60s and have underlying medical conditions or immunocompromised patients.
So far there is no cure for Covid19, the only known measurers that can combat the spread of Covid19 is performing outbreak preventive measures like washing your hands regularly, avoiding touching the face, eyes, mouth, or nose with unclean hands. Coughing/sneezing into a tissue and putting the tissue directly into a dustbin, use of standard face masks in public, SOCIAL DISTANCING, and self-isolation upon experiencing its symptoms.
Since there was poor public awareness towards Covid19 and sometimes even people belief that some myths like Covid19 cannot survive in warm environments like Somalia. On 1st April, The Somali Youth Volunteers for Development Association (SOYVDA) organized and conducted a mass awareness campaign about COVID19 across all the districts in Mogadishu. During our awareness-raising campaign, we were moving from District to the district, village to village, knocking every single household just to bring the issue to the public attention.
During our public outreach campaign, we were distributing written key messages on Covid19 alongside with hygiene kits to the less fortunate communities to promote personal hygiene.