Lamu County Usinga Town Crier To Senzitize Locals On COVID 19

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The County Government of Lamu is using a town crier (a person employed to make public announcements in the streets or marketplace of a town)to inform the community on County initiatives such as Universal Health Coverage, County budget processes and Covid-19 mitigation measures in every Ward. The town crier rides on a donkey and moves from one estate to another with a portable speaker.So why the donkey?The County Government of Lamu is using a town crier (a person employed to make public announcements in the streets or marketplace of a town)to inform the community on County initiatives such as Universal Health Coverage, County budget processes and Covid-19 mitigation measures in every Ward. The town crier rides on a donkey and moves from one estate to another with a portable speaker.So why the donkey?Most Lamu residents are in neighbourhood where the streets are narrow, only donkey scan access, and the criers reach more people as the donkey scan walk for long hours without getting tired .Also,it targets the locals without radio sets and phones to receive information. The crier also redirects the mwananchi to the Ward administrators and County offices to seek further information and clarifications.Counties can customize the crier approach to their needs for passing information, for example, usinga Public Address (PA) system to sensitizes people across the streets of major townson any incident or issue that requires targeted people to be informed about.

County: Lamu
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