ALGIERS- The representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund in Algeria (UNICEF), Islamo Bukhari, confirmed, today, Thursday in Algiers, that Algeria has managed to reduce, to a “significant degree” the negative effects of the Coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19) on children, especially after its success in reopening schools and organizing examinations since the beginning of the epidemic.
Bukhari said during his speech on the sidelines of launching a campaign to sensitize and raise awareness of the need for vaccination against the Coronavirus, initiated by the Ministry of National Solidarity, Family and Women’s Issues, on the occasion of the National Children’s Day, which falls on July 15 of each year, that “Algeria has managed to reduce, to a large extent, the negative effects of the pandemic on children, especially after its success in reopening schools, organizing exams and providing the health and social care required for this category since the beginning of the epidemic, despite all the difficulties.”
The representative of UNICEF in Algeria said during the launch of the campaign at the level of the “Al-Hama” Experiment Park, that the revival of the National Children’s Day comes this year as well “in special circumstances that have changed the way of life in all areas of life after the Coronavirus threw its weight on the lifestyle of children in Algeria, similar to their counterparts all over the world”.
The same official said that UNICEF is “confident that various state institutions, along with civil society actors, are making every effort required to support needy families, especially those in shadow areas, and the same body will continue to work with all concerned parties to stop the spread of the epidemic and ensure a return to normal life for families and children, in addition to contributing to sensitization and reminding of the importance of preventive measures to limit the spread of the virus, such as the use of masks and social distancing.”
Islammo added that accelerating the vaccination process “will enable the protection of people’s lives and a quick return to the normal operation of health institutions,” praising, in a related context, every work and initiative aimed at providing places of rest and recreation for children through the concerted efforts of the ministries of solidarity, culture, health, youth, sports and media to adapt to the current situation and enable this group to enjoy the summer school vacation as much as possible.
For his part, the Chief of the Cabinet of the Ministry of National Solidarity, Family and Women’s Issues, Mohamed Sidi Moussa, stated that “the neighborhood cells of the directorates of social activity across all wilayas of the country will contribute to the success of the awareness campaign and sensitize the need for vaccination against the virus, with the aim of achieving a comprehensive vaccination that will lead us to collective immunity against this epidemic.”