THE Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi), in partnership with the Cebu City local government unit and Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD), is spearheading a hand washing campaign dubbed #Hunaw as an intervention to fight the severity of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
As the number of Covid-19 cases in the Philippines increases every day, Cebu City has been placed under community quarantine effective March 16, 2020, as a pre-emptive measure to mitigate the spread of the virus.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization advises that the two most basic ways to prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus, which is mainly transmitted from person to person, are maintaining social distance and proper hand washing.
This means that transportation hubs and other places where frontliners and people who go out to buy essentials converge may be particularly susceptible to transmission of the virus. Unfortunately, many of these venues lack adequate hand washing facilities.
Thus, with the #Hunaw campaign, Rafi aims to provide such facilities and raise awareness of the importance of proper hand washing through deployment of portable sinks called “Hunawan Stations” at bus terminals, parking lots, jeepney stops, and other places where people convene around the city.
Another area of concern is densely populated informal settlements, so #Hunaw will also be deploying a roving “Hunawan Truck” with a sink facility and loudspeakers to the city’s underserved areas.
A prototype Hunawan Station is currently installed outside the Rafi building in Barangay Tinago for a trial run. The #Hunaw campaign is set for an initial run of one month starting March 26, 2020.
Rafi continues to conduct further site assessments to identify additional areas to set up Hunawan Stations and deploy the Hunawan Truck. It is also looking for partners -- organizations and individuals -- to help further amplify the campaign to combat the spread of Covid-19. (PR)