The training was held in Rangwe sub-county hospital. The target group for this meeting was the Chakachaka youth group and the main agenda was sensitization on COVID-19 and upscaling of the nutrition status for the community members.
On the topic of COVID-19 we discussed the spread of COVID, and the signs and symptoms of COVID-19. We also discussed that the disease can easily spread from one person to another through contacts and droplets. The signs and symptoms we talked about were, difficulty in breathing, high body temperature, fever, cough, sneezing and sore throat. On the topic of prevention measures, we talked about social distancing, using a mask, regular hand washing and sanitizing, and staying home to be safe
On issues to do with COVID-19 we came to realize the challenges the community has are due to issues from corona, some of the participants said their source of income was affected. Some became idlers in the community making them participate in immoral activities, some of the school going girls have been impregnated. People even have no money to buy face masks, and some community members have been beaten to death due to lack of adherence to the prevention of community members.
On nutrition we discussed the locally available foods that are immune boosters such as fresh vegetables and fresh fruits, such as avocados, oranges, bananas, pawpaws. Also, we identified beans and peas as immune boosters, and we came to appreciate that these foods are locally available, and we need not strain for expensive foods in the market.
We had some myths and misconceptions on nutrition. We had some that believed for you to be healthy with a good immunity, you must have a balanced diet that includes meat, chips and all the junk that we can identify. But we managed to mobilize the community members and teach them about the local food available.
In relation to COVID-19 prevention, the participants appreciated that these local foods will help us fight diseases because the foods are immune boosters. The participants greatly appreciated the efforts of OAY and SUN in sharing this information.