Over 100 staff, members and volunteers of the Nigeria Red Cross Society, Plateau State branch yesterday staged a walk in Jos, raising awareness on cholera and diarrhea.

Targeting mainly vegetable and fruit markets, the team made up of people from diverse spheres of life including a Professor, Sati Fwatshak and an ex Federal Appointee, John Mankilik trekked from Dadin Kowa to Building Materials market.

Distributing handbills on personal hygiene and cholera prevention, the team embarked on one-on-one sensitization, reaching about 300 people during the exercise.

"Previous years we targeted Jos North but knowing that Jos South is also vulnerable to disease infections, we decided to take the campaign there as well.

"The choice of Building Material, Bukuru was informed by the massive supply and sales of vegetables and fruits on Tuesdays which is the market day," the Branch Secretary, Manasseh Panpe told MKB.

The campaign was part of activities marking the 2018 world Red Cross and Red Crescent Day on May 8.

The 8th of May every year in Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement is observed as World Red Cross/Red Crescent Day to commemorate the birth day of the founder of the largest humanitarian organization in the world.

Sir Jean Henry Dunant, a Swiss Citizen was born on 8th May 1828 and he is the founder of the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement.

All over the world, members and volunteers of the Movement on this day engage in meaningful humanitarian activities as a mark of honour to him and a mark of sustaining the good humanitarian heart he started over 150 years ago.

Each year, a theme for the WRCD celebration is chosen from Geneva and sent to each National Society and each National Society sends same to its Branches who also share same with their Divisions.

For the last three years in succession, the main theme for the World Red Cross/Red Crescent Day Celebrations have been the same “Everywhere For Everyone”, meaning that everywhere you go, you will find Red Cross/Red Crescent and its services are for everyone without discrimination.

In 2017, the main theme was “Everywhere For Everyone” and the sub theme was “Do you know…?” and in Plateau State Branch, the sub theme “Do you know Health Care is in Danger?” was chosen.

An awareness rally was staged by members and volunteers from Plateau Specialist Hospital down to Terminus and finally to the Branch office along Bauchi Road.

Members and volunteers distributed leaflets, handbills, posters etc. to members of the general public along the way with first aid simulation exercises by members and volunteers.

Over 150 members and volunteers actively participated in the awareness rally. 

The theme for this year is still “Everywhere for Everyone” and the sub theme is “share a smile”.

This sub theme is intended for Staff, Members and Volunteers of the Movement to share a story of humanitarian work they have undertaken that when they remember, it brings smiles to them.

It is also targeted at members of the general public that have experienced the humanitarian services of the Movement that have brought smiles on their faces.

Meanwhile, the Plateau Branch of the Red Cross has received a donation of motorcycles from the World Health Organization.

The motorcycles were last two weeks distributed to all LGA Divisional Officers in Jos.

This was a followup to a familiarization visit paid the WHO by the Red Cross Branch in Jos on April 24, 2018

The visit was mainly to seek partnership in the areas of Community mobilization, awareness and sensitization on Lassa fever, as well as Community mobilization and sensitization on Routine Immunization and Immunization plus rounds.

It was also to seek partnership on disaster preparedness and response especially with National Elections coming up in 2019 as well as Maternal and child health.