University students raise awareness about Covid-19 among vulnerable communities

Students from the University of the Algarve’s Medicine course have created a project named ‘COVIDALGARVE’ which aims to raise awareness about Covid-19 among the most vulnerable groups of the population, including the elderly.

The project is divided into three initiatives. The first, entitled ‘Desinfectar o Algarve’ (Disinfecting the Algarve), aims to teach the population how to correctly wash and disinfect their hands, providing them also with face masks and disinfectant gel.

The students are also collecting food for needy families as part of the second initiative called ‘Forno do Dia’ (Oven of the Day).

Last but not least, they have created a Facebook page named ‘COVIDizer no Algarve’ which aims to tackle misinformation and share facts from reliable sources about the coronavirus pandemic.

Faro Council has also teamed up with the students and together they visited the Cerro do Bruxo area in the borough on Thursday, April 30 and the Horta da Areia neighbourhood on Wednesday, May 6.

They explained the latest health board guidelines on hand hygiene, distributed disinfectant gel, fruit hampers, information leaflets and even colouring books for the children.

Fifteen students in their fifth year of the university’s Medicine course are involved in the ‘COVIDALGARVE’ project, which was created to help vulnerable people in the Algarve, including senior communities, during the pandemic.

The group has the support of the civil protection authorities, the Portuguese Red Cross and GNR police, who accompany the youngsters on their awareness actions.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/COVIDizer-no-Algarve-103642497990436/ to follow the students’ Facebook page where they dispel rumours and unsubstantiated claims about Covid-19 (in Portuguese).

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com