Coronavirus fears spark ‘Love Your Neighbour’ initiative

While some Nkobongo residents did not know you have to use soap to kill the coronavirus, others did not realise the virus was affecting South Africans, believing it to be a “foreign problem”.

To fight the coronavirus, Nkobongo Resource Centre started an awareness campaign within the Nkobongo township on Monday.

The ‘Love Your Neighbour’ campaign had the centre staff going door-to-door, educating residents on what they should and should not do.

Organiser Peter Hodgson said they would first visit the 250 households that have children who normally attend the centre and from there, take it to other houses in the township.

Nkobongo Resource Centre employee, Zina Gwala educating gogo Thandi Bila and her grandchildren about coronavirus on Monday using a Courier article.

“Since we cannot have the children coming into the centre, our team came up with the idea of visiting homes and ensuring that our community knows what to do during these trying times,” said Hodgson.

One of the residents visited by the centre on Monday was gogo Thandi Bila, who stays with her three grandchildren, Nokwanda, Zinhle and Sthembile. She said she was very happy with the information given to her because all she had known was that she should wash her hands.

“I knew about the virus and I was very scared especially for my grandchildren. I knew that we should wash our hands regularly but I did not know I should be using soap. I had only been using water, which I have learnt is not helpful. I now know the symptoms and know what I must do,” said Bila.

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