A health organisation, Magna Carta Health, has donated protective materials to traders in Addo market, Eti-Osa to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Lagos.
The co-founder and Chief Operations Officer (COO) of the organisation, Dr Lolade Adeyemi, handed over the materials to the market leader, Mrs Muntiat Awere, on Wednesday in Lagos.
The materials include veronica buckets, soap and face masks.
Adeyemi said that the organisation embarked on a community outreach to the market in Addo, Eti-Osa as part of its many Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives.
“It is important at this period of the coronavirus pandemic to talk to the market community about basic hand washing practices among other protocols.
“We decided to support the traders in Addo market by providing them with Veronica buckets and soap to encourage hand washing.
“Our aim is to foster better hygienic practices and reduce the spread of the pandemic by encouraging them to use face mask always,”she said.
Adeyemi added that it was their third community outreach that they had successfully accomplished during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The other two were during the lockdown, we provided approximately 2,500 households of the Eti-Osa East community with raw foodstuffs to alleviate some of their food shortages.
“We hope that in our own way, Magna Carta Health is contributing to meeting some of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) particularly, SDG two and four.
SDG two says “Zero Hunger” while SDG four says “Quality Education”.
“We also appreciate the support of traditional rulers, council leaders for their support in all our activities to improve the Eti-Osa East Community,” she said.
Mrs Muntiat Awere, leader of Addo market, Eti-Osa, Lagos lauded the health organisation for the gesture.
According to Awere they usually educate traders on how to avoid the spread of COVID-19 disease by not allowing or accommodating many buyers at once, wearing of face mask and washing of hands.
“We still want government authorities as well as other organisations to help us fumigate the market environment with chemicals and provide us with good drainage.
“Government should also remember us in the area of small business loans because other markets in Lagos have been benefitting from this,” she said.