COVID-19 PANDEMIC: NASFAT ROLLS OUT PALLIATIVE MEASURES.
The Nasrul Lahi-L-Fatih Society, NASFAT has concluded arrangements on palliative measures to support her members and non-members in Nigeria. The plans include giving ten thousand naira (10,000.00) to each household every Month to mitigate the effect of the economic lockdown and restriction of movement caused by Covid-19 pandemic.
The Federal Government of Nigeria recently announced a complete lockdown and restriction of movement of vehicles and persons in the nation’s Capital, Abuja, Lagos and Ogun state in order to curtail the spread of the deadly covid-19,
According to NASFAT President, Niyi Yusuf, the COVID-19 RESPONSE of NASFAT will focus on reducing the spread of the virus in the community and alleviating the burden of the disease on vulnerable members of NASFAT and the general public. NASFAT response as a Society will be multi-faceted, in order to respond to the diverse impact of COVID-19 PANDEMIC. In addition to the suspension of all physical gatherings at all NASFAT locations from March 19, the NASFAT Society has developed a 3-pronged strategic approach to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Relief Support, the first stage of the scheme will focus on her members, the vulnerable and indigent ones in the society. This will provide practical support to the elderly, widow, orphans and vulnerable members of the society including those whose breadwinner are in isolation/quarantine, under Medicare or in ICU. NASFAT will provide emotional support to individuals and their families through professional counselling and provide economic support through cash giving of N10,000 monthly per identified household which will serve as a Relief Package to buy basic food items every Month. The target is 20,000 beneficiaries in the first instance.
Risk Communication and Advocacy – This refers to the passing of information and advice from experts to people facing threats to their health or social well-being, to enable people at risk take informed decisions to protect themselves and their loved ones. NASFAT Relief Initiative will focus on Risk Communication, Advocacy and appropriate messaging to the public using indigenous languages and across various channels to share information from government and health authorities that will help curtail the spread of the virus. Such Behavioural Change Communication will include radio jingles, ePosters and Short Videos detailing expert advice for members of the community.
Community Mobilization – NASFAT efforts to mobilise the Muslim community to aid better understanding of the pandemic and of the strategies for prevention and treatment will be done in partnership with other organisations. Consequently, NASFAT is a founding member of the Muslim Coalition Against COVID-19, a coalition of 40 Muslim organisations including the NASFAT Agency for Zakat and Sadaqat (NAZAS) and the NASFAT Relief Initiative, forged to form a common front to support and assist the fight against the virus. NASFAT weekly Media programmes, online asalatu, animated videos, ePosters and short messages will be some of the means through which NASFAT will sensitise and mobilise the community #
NASFAT Publicity Secretary.