Meghalaya: UNICEF to collaborate with MLAs in fight against COVID

The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness on COVID-19 among constituents, convene meetings with influencers to support awareness efforts, and to monitor preparedness at the constituency levels. 



UNICEF will be collaborating with Meghalaya Legislative Assembly and cross-party legislators on COVID-19 preparedness and response in Meghalaya. 

In this regard, Chief of UNICEF Office of Assam Dr Madhulika Jonathan interacted with the Speaker of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Metbah Lyngdoh over a video conference and discussed areas of technical support, including a public awareness campaign. 

The MLAs will collaborate with the international organisation on COVID awareness campaign across the state.

The campaign will aim to raise awareness on COVID-19 among constituents, convene meetings with influencers to support awareness efforts, and review and monitor preparedness at the constituency levels. 

UNICEF’s technical support will include providing critical communication material that will be disseminated through the Assembly channel and other media, with active participation from the Speaker and MLAs across party lines.  

Besides, the campaign will also focus on basic information on COVID-19,  including types of masks to use, COVID Appropriate Behaviours (CAB), vaccines, mental health, home isolation and care, strains of the virus, helpline numbers, among others.

The MLAs will be encouraged to disseminate information using digital and offline media, work with influencers within their constituencies like tribal leaders, business leaders, teachers among others, and lead community-level initiatives to spread awareness and also monitor preparedness.

In a separate discussion convened by Congress legislator Dr Ampareen Lyngdoh with MLAs from constituencies falling under the districts, East Khasi Hills and Ri-Bhoi, UNICEF presented the current preparedness and response of the state and the technical support that is being provided by UNICEF’s health team in Meghalaya. 

Some points raised by the MLAs included strengthening systems especially in the rural districts, mapping of infrastructure required, third wave, and more communication on the roles and responsibilities of officials for public knowledge. 

It may be mentioned that UNICEF is working towards making the world a better place for everyone through its humanitarian efforts across the globe.

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