Youth volunteer work team launched to combat COVID

1. Youth teams combat Covid - image - Petra
An initiative by the Ministry of Interior, in cooperation with the Norwegian government and the UN Development Program, aims to form a team of 240 trained and qualified young volunteers to help raise awareness of COVID-19 health measures. (Photo: Petra)
DEAD SEA — The Ministry of Interior, in cooperation with the government of Norway and the UN Development Program (UNDP) in Jordan, launched Saturday a youth volunteer work team to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

The team will work with local communities with the aim of increasing vaccination rates and raising awareness of preventive measures to confront the coronavirus pandemic in the Kingdom.

The initiative aims to form a team of 240 trained and qualified young volunteers, male and female, from all governorates in the country.

The volunteers will undergo capacity-building training courses in order to qualify them to work at the local level to raise awareness. They will be accompanied by field inspection teams of the Interior Ministry with the aim of encouraging citizens to register for the coronavirus vaccine and raise awareness of other preventive measures to safeguard against infection.

Sixty volunteers representing the governorates of Balqa, Jerash, and Madaba participated in the first phase of the launch.

In a speech at the launch, Interior Minister Mazen Faraya reviewed key government efforts to address the pandemic from the outbreak of the virus till today.

Faraya pointed out that the fight against the pandemic began with modest capabilities, but it has proven successful in reducing the impact of the pandemic on society, economically and socially and the country was able to deal with the repercussions of the pandemic from various aspects.

He said the government established three hospitals during the crisis, and employed a large number of doctors, nurses and medical staff. "This was done so that we would not reach a stage where the afflicted could not find a hospital bed. We have passed the difficult phase and have now reached the stage of economic and social openness," Faraya said.

He pointed out that all service sectors, industrial and educational institutions are open and operating in accordance with the approved health protocol, and this proves the efficacy of the measures taken.

With regard to receiving vaccinations, Faraya confirmed that state agencies, under the directives and vigorous follow-up of Crown Prince Hussein and the prime minister, made great efforts to secure vaccinations, establish vaccination centers, and motivate citizens and other residents in the Kingdom to take the vaccine, to reduce the risk of infection for individuals and society.

Faraya said that the youth work team will have the main task of assisting the administrative governors and concerned authorities in each governorate to educate citizens on the vaccine, raising the level of awareness of the importance of being vaccinated, and checking to ensure compliance with defense orders, “so that we can overcome the effects of the pandemic and ensure the continuation of opening sectors and the return of daily life back to normal."

"The coronavirus is more than just a health crisis because it directly affects societies and economies at their core. The Jordanian government has done an amazing job providing vaccines to all residents,” Norwegian Ambassador to Jordan, Espen Lindbeck, said.

The ambassador expressed hope that this initiative supported by Norway in cooperation with the UNDP and the Ministry of Interior will encourage more people to register for the vaccine and raise awareness about preventive measures, which is essential for society to recover and open up in a safe way.

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