The Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, has advised women to stock their homes with food, vegetables and water so as to remain at home to minimise the spread of the the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic.
Tallen, at a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday, also urged women to comply with proper sanitary requirements and restrict movements among family members.
The news conference focused on the gender dimension to the covid-19 pandemic ravaging the world.
According to her, women play a vital role in curtailing the spread of the disease as they are charged with care giving and home-management, both within and outside their homes.
“The women play a crucial role hence the need for them to adhere strictly to directives to curb the spread of the virus in the society.
“In view of these realities and to join the crusade to protect lives, it has become imperative for women, especially mothers, to comply with state directives and adhere to these basic guidelines.
“Stock food, vegetable and water at home. Be extra cautious in sourcing water, firewood and local herbs; stock adequate sanitary materials, including soap, detergents, disinfectants and personal toiletries.
”Sanitisation instructions, including washing hands with soap and water, use of sanitisers and fumigation of the home and environments, are necessary,” she said.
She also appealed to corporate organisations and business operators to support and provide palliative measures that would cushion the effect of the pandemic on the citizenry.
“I will also like to, on behalf of Nigerian women, appeal to corporate organisations and well-meaning businessmen and women to understand the peculiar predicament of women in managing homes at this crucial time, and extend support and palliative measures to buffer the homes and assist the ministry in safeguarding lives.”
The minister, while commending female health workers in the frontline of providing healthcare to those affected by the virus, also appreciated the efforts of other relevant stakeholders and the government for their quick intervention and support in addressing the pandemic.
She also appealed to women groups and organisations to respect constituted authority and adhere to all government directives on hosting of public events such as village meetings, town meetings, weddings, burials, celebrations and all festive activities during the period.