The NT Government recently called on Milingimbi rapper, 23 year old Baker Boy aka Danzal Baker to assist in getting clear advice out to youth and those in remote communities to help stop the spread of Covid-19. In a short video, the 2019 Young Australian of the Year raps about the importance of hand washing, one of the main actions advised to stop the virus.
The video is one of many messages being shared on social media over the past few weeks to help overcome one of the main issues for government messaging, with translation and relevant information being delivered in language and appropriate for different communities.
As it stands the Northern Territory currently has 28 confirmed cases of Coronavirus, over 500 people in forced quarantine and 18 infringements issued for those that have not been compliant with government restrictions.
Northern Territory police and Australian Federal Police are currently on border control, enforcing anyone travelling in to the Northern Territory who must undergo 14 days of self quarantine upon entry.
Speaking to the ABC last week, Northern Territory MLA Yingiya Guyula said that there was confusion around the health messages from government and how it applied to their daily activities. "We've been trying to pass on the message from the Government about social distancing, and people are not really sure about what that means, and what the fuss is all about."
One of the main concerns amidst the health pandemic has been overcrowding and large gatherings in Aboriginal communities. National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) has been actively promoting the importance of practising social distancing and other important measures, amidst their National Covid-19 Management Plan which is co-chaired with the Department Of Health. The four phase plan aims to protect the most vulnerable in our population and minimise risk to communities which have seen a total ban on all non-essential visitors.