Radios being installed at shelter homes to promote hygiene

By Ali Imran

ISLAMABAD: The management of shelter homes has started installing large size radios at its Islamabad-based facilities to promote personal hygiene among its dwellers through prevalent precautions content against the coronavirus pandemic. The government in collaboration with the private sector was in process of placing at least two big size radios at each ‘Panah Gah’ of the Federal capital to bring behavioral change among its residents through dissemination key public health messages, Prime Minister’s Focal Person Naseem ur Rehman told the media at the Sector G-9 shelter home where the radios were installed by the ‘Power 99’ on Monday.
“A gift of radio for the inmates of the shelter home mark a big step in promoting health lives and halting the spread of deadly virus, he remarked. The focal person said radio was one of the time tested medium in reaching out the public who had minimum access to the conventional mode of communication like television, mainstream and social media.
“Since most of the visitors of the shelter homes lack basic information on health, thus it is imperative to acquaint them with principles of personal-hygiene so that the spread of virus can be stopped at the facilities”, he said. To a query, he said that the shelter homes administration was working closely with the FM ‘Power 99’ to develop easy to understand and practice messages in multiple languages to enable them to move towards health life.
He said the shelter homes had emerged as ultimate destination for the people who got affected due to the lockdown enforced in wake of the coronavirus. “In the prevailing situation, our prime focus is to create an enabling environment for the poor people by ensuring uninterrupted supply of essential items at the shelter homes.” In the wake of increasing number of beneficiaries, Naseem said a drive title ‘Help Keep Panahgahs Clean’ had been launched to prevent the outbreak of coronavirus at the facilities which served food to some 2,500 poor and gave overnight stay to 500 daily across the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
Out-reach teams have been formed under the drive which held face to face interaction with the shelter homes beneficiaries who were more vulnerable to contract the virus due to their minimal exposure to print and electronic media. “The teams, comprising volunteers, have been giving practical demonstration to the visitors at Panahgahs about mask wearing, personal hygiene and use of soap and sanitizers,” he added.