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COVID-19: Group call on FG to pay 100 thousands to families

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A group, All Workers Convergence, AWC has called on the Federal government to pay 100 thousand to families to help them cope with the hardship posed by the scourge of COVID-19 pandemic.

This is contained in a letter addressed to president Muhammaudu Buhari, titled: ‘FAMILY SUPPORT AND SOCIAL SURVIVAL SCHEME IN THE FACE OF COVID – I9 GLOBAL PANDEMIC” and signed by Comrade Andrew Emelieze.

The letter read, ‘Your excellenc Sir, we bring you greetings and the very best of our wishes,it is our hope that we shall all survive this critical period together.

“Sir, the challenge facing us as regards the spread of the corona virus calls for social solidarity and collective concern. We had earlier written world leaders demanding for international solidarity to fighting the corona scourge.

“Mr President Sir, from happenings around the world and the current national situation,it is obvious that Nigeria is like three weeks away to a very horrible situation if not abated. It is to this reason that we the workers of Nigeria writes you that their is need for a joint social action to combat the situation at hand. And so , the more reason for the call to action which should involve the society at large including the civil society movements, labour organisations, faith based groups, professional bodies,captains of industry etc. Our appeal is that we put humanity first and forgot about our ideological differences so as to defeat the corona virus scourge.

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“There is no doubt, we are all aware of the grave danger posed by this deadly virus, we therefore wish to state that what is crucial and primary now is to safe lives first and that every other thing is secondary. We thus state that no sacrifice is too much in order to guarantee our continuous existence as a people.

“We the Nigerian workers welcome the stay at home order and some of the scientific recommendations of government to our people .As a way to achieve government’s goal in this regards, we thus request that Mr President consider and approve the following measures.

  1. The declaration of a national state of emergency across the federation.
  2. The adoption of a social and financial national stimulus plan.

3 The review of the self isolation order, the subjection of all political office holders and all who had traveled to high risk countries to the corona virus test.

  1. Adequate support and protection of all health care providers
  2. Adoption of all means, formal and informal means of treatment and research with the needed financial support in this regard.

6 (a) The declaration of free medical care to all within this period

(b) The use of military hospitals and barracks as treatment centres and isolation centers respectively.

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7 (a) Family support scheme : that we develop the formula to assist vulnerable families and individuals to stay at home by paying 0ne hundred thousand naira to families that earn less than three hundred thousand monthly, verifiable through the BVN.

(b) Individual Support Scheme : that government support vulnerable individuals especially the unemployed that has the BVN with ten thousand naira each within this emergency period.

(c) That two trillion naira will go along way in this regards.

  1. Immediate rehabilitation of the homeless and mentally challenged from our streets.
  2. Immediate opening of our national grain reserves and supplies to our people
  3. Provisions of protective gears and face mask to our security personnel
  4. More reduction of interest rates in our banks and further reduction in the price of petroleum products.
  5. Provisions of free electricity and telecommunications within the emergency period
  6. Provide a supply network to distribute basic needs and food to the people.
  7. As a matter of emergency,it is our believe that these measures will be implemented within the next seven days.

‘Mr President Sir, our people need a government that will play the role of a mother Theresa in this trying periods.We therefore suggest that you withdraw from our foreign reserve in order to achieve this set objectives. You can also call for support from individuals and groups.

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“We commiserate with all the families of the departed and we wish all infected quick recovery.

Finally we urge you to motivate our medical experts “and researchers to develop cure and vaccine against the corona virus.”, the letter concluded.

With the hardship already experiencing, there is doubt that a lot of Nigerians may not adhere to the stay-at-home order if the the federal government does not put in place palliative measure to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Group Urges FG To Ensure Affordable Access To Drugs For PWD

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The Diabetes Association of Nigeria, has called on the Nigerian government to ensure affordable access to fundamental care for people with diabetes(PWD).

Speaking during  sensitization exercise to commemorate the 2021 World Diabetes Day, National President of the Association, Dr Alkali Mohammed,  stated that access to care which include information, drugs, technology, and support is a right to all citizens and will go a long way to reverse the emerging ugly trend of the diabetic epidemic. 

“Diabetes has become a major global epidemic being the leading Non-Communicable Disease (NCD).There are 537million people living with diabetes globally and is projected to reach 743 million by 2030 unless urgent steps are taken. Almost 1 in 2 of the people living with diabetes are undiagnosed while 4 in 5  of them are  in the middle and low-income countries.

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 “In the year 2021,diabetes is responsible for 6.7million deaths. Although no reliable National Data is available in Nigeria, about 6 million Nigerians are  estimated to have diabetes.

“It is not an exaggeration to say that almost everyone in Nigeria has a relation or friend that is diabetic and might have lost one. This is only going to worsen unless concerted efforts are put in place,” he said.

He also called on government to develop appropriate policies to improve the presentation of type 2 diabetes and also improve screening to ensure timely diagnosis and prevention of diabetes related complications.

Mohammed urged for implementation mechanisms to engage with diabetes meaningfully in the development of policies to tackle diabetes. 

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He revealed that this year’s commendation of the event is  unique because of the  COVID-19 epidemic as people with diabetes have higher complications and mortalities among the infected patients.

The national president also added that this year also mark the 100 years since the discovery of insulin which was a breakthrough in the treatment of diabetes.

“However, despite the existence of insulin for a decade, 1 in 2 people in need of insulin globally cannot afford it. In Nigeria, the gap in access is even more as our health care system is mainly funded through out of pockets system.

“Additionally, the current economic realities and high inflationary trend is a major challenge to the effective management of diabetes as most patients cannot afford the minimum basic care since they do not have money,” he said.

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The World Diabetes Day is celebrated on the 14th of November annually to serve as the primary global awareness campaign of the diabetes world.

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UNICEF Organises Workshop On COVID-19 Vaccine For Journalists On Demand Creation

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The United Nations Children’s Fund(UNICEF) has organised a workshop for journalists  on ways  to support the Federal Government on COVID-19 vaccination exercise in Nigeria.

Speaking during a  Two Day Media Engagement Dialogue on Demand Creation for COVID-19 Vaccine organized in collaboration with the Child Rights Information Bureau of the Federal Ministry of information and Culture in Kano, Communication Specialist for UNICEF Nigeria, Geoffrey Njoku revealed that the vaccination exercise was slow in some states because the government were reluctant to provide  logistics  for the exercise.

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He therefore urged journalists in the country to use their various tools for advocacy to both Federal and state government to provide logistics and operational support for the delivery of vaccines to every part of the country. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Njoku also added that Journalists have to be on the forefront of allaying fears amongst Nigerians who had  conspiracy theories about the vaccine, there creating vaccine hesitancy in many parts of the country.

While being optimistic that the workshop will avail the participants on the skills to use to ensure the increase of uptakes of the vaccine, Njoku urged the journalists to use data from World Health Organisation(WHO), UNICEF, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC) and other reliable organisations to derive stories that will bring about positive impact on the vaccination exercise.

Also speaking while giving an opening remark, the WASH Manager, UNICEF Field Office, Kano, Rafid Salih stated that vaccine hesitancy have to be tackled hands down so as to avoid deaths caused by the virus.

Salih who was represented  UNICEF Chief of Field Office in Kano State, Maulid Warfa urged the journalists to use that same medium used to perpetrate misinformation about the virus, to propagate the fact to every part of the country.

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COVID-19 Misinformation: NOA Promises Collaboration With Paged Initiative To Battle Scourge

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The National Orientation Agency(NOA) has promised to work with the Participatory Communication Through Gender Development (PAGED) Initiative, a media and advocacy Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) to battle the issue of COVID-19 Misinformation in 19 Northern states of the country.

While the organisation paid a courtesy visit to the Agency, the Director General of NOA, Garba Abari stated that they were ready to collaborate with any organisation on the dissemination of information to curb the COVID-19 virus.

Abari who was represented by the Agency’s Director of Special Duties and State Operations, Mette Edekobi revealed that NOA was well equipped to carry out any awareness in the country as it has staff in all the 774 local government in the country.

“Our strength is the fact that we speak all languages. Our 774 officials are in their local government areas where they can speak the local languages and communicate with the people in the way that they will understand. We are predestined to do what we are doing,” he said.

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Abari who lamented that the Agency had to battle with the issue of fake information about the virus and its vaccine, added that collaboration with other organizations would help a great deal as many Nigerians do not believe in their leaders, no matter what they tell them.

“So we need Nigerians to hear from other people that do not come from the government and maybe that will make them believe,” he said.

Earlier while stating the reason for their visit, the Programme Director, Paged Initiative, Ummi Bukar, said her NGO was there to ascertain the challenges NOA has encountered in the dissemination of information about COVID-19 and where the organisation can come in to assist curb the pandemic.

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“In terms of COVID-19 media response, what we want from NOA is to know the gaps you have encountered that you will need the media to help address because there are still a lot of people who do not believe that COVID-19 exist. There is a lot of mis-information out there. We are have a lot of media partners across the 19 states that can help in this aspect,” she said.

Bukar added that her NGO in collaboration with European Union and Free Press have helped push for participatory development to ensure that the needs of the communities were met.

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Abdulrahman Obaje
Abdulrahman Obaje
Prince Abdulrahman Obaje is a Media and ICT Consultant, Journalist, online marketer, social media strategist, Mathematician and Computer Scientist based in Abuja, Nigeria. He is the Founder and the Publisher of The Informavores!. You can reach me on +234 805 939 5252 or send i-witness report directly to me on news@informavores.com.ng.

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