ASIA/PAKISTAN - Prevention is better than cure: Caritas's commitment to fight coronavirus

Thursday, 2 April 2020 coronavirus   caritas   healthcare   social services   pandemic  

Karachi (Agenzia Fides): "Prevention is better than cure. At this stage it is very important to share accurate and authentic information with people, to avoid the circulation of rumors and false information. Caritas Pakistan is continuing to sensitize people on measures necessary to be adopted so as not to be infected by coronavirus", says Amjad Gulzar, Executive Secretary of Caritas Pakistan to Agenzia Fides. The organization, reports Gulzar, "is promoting the guidelines offered by the World Health Organization and the government of Pakistan and promoting an information and awareness campaign especially in the communities and villages of rural areas and more distant from cities".
After the total lockdown imposed in the country, Caritas is now using mass media as a tool to promote people's awareness of the necessary measures to be taken in the pandemic. In the days leading up to the lockdown, training seminars were also organized in different provinces, while thousands of posters and leaflets were distributed in various cities of Pakistan to inform about the disease.
Mansha Noor, Caritas executive Secretary of the archdiocese of Karachi told Fides: "We are working to protect people from this disease to help them protect themselves, their loved ones and the community. We are also convincing people to follow the instructions to stay safe. Our volunteers trained in the archdiocese of Karachi will play a vital role in avoiding panic, in following the instructions to reduce the spread of covid-19". Noor continues: "We encourage people to wash their hands, take care of their hygiene and use alcohol-based disinfectants, to wear masks", all instructions also contained in a video message created and distributed by Caritas Karachi.
In other Pakistani dioceses as well, the awareness campaign for Caritas volunteers continues, aimed above all at the poorest sections of the population, who are the most exposed and vulnerable to contagion. (AG-PA) (Agenzia Fides, 2/4/2020)