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NYCC-19: ONE STOP YOUTH TALK ON COVID-19

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NYCC-19: ONE STOP YOUTH TALK ON COVID-19

The Nigeria Youth Compact on Covid-19 (NYCC-19) has come up with a laudable program ‘One Stop Youth Talk on Covid-19’. This Live streaming on Zoom was held on the June,11th 2020 and it will happening every Thursday.

Recall, on June 2nd 2020, the Nigeria Youth Compact on Covid-19 was launched by the Federal Government. Now, they have organized a program ‘One Stop Youth Talk on Covid-19’ which provides a platform for youths from different works of life to discuss matters surrounding the effect of COVID-19 and share ideas pertaining post-COVID-19.

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The National Steering Chairman ‘Mallam Gambo Haruna’ Speaking on the Unveiling of Nigeria Youth Compact on Covid-19 (NYCC-19)

This maiden edition held in Zoom was anchored by the head of publicity and media ‘Millicient Umoru Osakunla’. The live streaming featured; the National Steering Chairman of Nigeria Youth Compact on Covid-19 ‘Comrade Gambo Haruna’, Head of Advocacy and ParticipationKasar Moses Teryima’, Head of Data/StatisticsMr Oche Precious Edeh’, Head of Advisory Board ‘Mr. Uzoh Ifeanyi’ and Head of Partnership and Funding ‘Barr. Esther A. Dawaki’.

The Chairman ‘Gambo Haruna’, elaborated more on the vision and mission of the Youth Compact. He also stated that the Nigeria Youth is set to gather the data of all youths affected by the novel Coronavirus even from the grassroot level. He expressed his excitement over the massive inflow of registrations on the website from both individuals and organizations who want to partner with youth compact.

According to Mr. Uzoh Ifeanyi, Youth Compact intend to mine the data of the Nigerian Youths to enable the youth compact change the narratives on Covid-19. He stated that the essence of the data collection which is the major component of this Project is to enable Nigerian Youth Compact generate genuine data which will be used to interface with the major partners and donors of this project while ensuring the youths benefits from the palliative measures provided by these partners.

These partners were stated by Moses Kasar which include; the Peace Corps of Nigeria, Youth House Naija, African Union Youth Envoy, CAYWA, ECOSOC Youth Forum and World Assembly of Youth. He also stated that one of the missions of Youth Compact is Training and Empowerment of youths and this can only be achieved when all the data of these youths are collected accurately. They also identified Peace Corps of Nigeria as the major partner of this project.

However, Gambo stated that the Federal Government is partially involved with Youth Compact but as the project unveils, there will be partnership with the Government and other agencies. He also commended the likes of Commonwealth Association of African Youth, YES Project, Action Aid and the Chairman of FCT on Covid-19 ‘Dr. Ramatu Tijani’, Minister of state on Education ‘Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba’. He urges the youth to register as members of this project because the world is being reset and may not fully recover from this pandemic.

Worthy of note, the youth compact welcomes membership from youths from 18-40 years and they partner with Non-Governmental Organizations, Community Based Organizations and Faith Based Organizations. The youth compact is adopting the crowd funding strategy which means it’s a project open to funding by all.

The program ‘One Stop Youth Talk on Covid -19’ is going to be a weekly program that will engage Nigerian youth so stay tuned every Thursday on Zoom; Nigeria youth compact on Covid-19 (NYCC-19) will be engaging youths on varieties of topics that relates to Covid-19 and Post- Covid-19.

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Senate urges FG to procure COVID-19 vaccines for Nigerians

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Senate urges FG to procure COVID-19 vaccines for Nigerians

The Senate has urged the Federal Government to make sufficient funds available for procurement and administration of COVID-19 vaccines for Nigerians.

It described as unfortunate the failure by government to produce a plan for the purchase, distribution and administration of the therapy despite the fact that many nations globally had done so.

Adopting a motion sponsored on Thursday, Dec 3, by Senator Oloriegbe Ibrahim during plenary presided over by Senate President Ahmad Lawan in Abuja, the upper legislative chamber directed its Committee on Health and Primary Health Care to summon the Ministries of Health and Finance, as well as the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and other relevant agencies for their plans.

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The lawmakers regretted that “the only plan on COVID-19 vaccine for Nigeria is the pledge by Global Alliance for Vaccine Initiative (GAVI) to support 20 per cent of the country’s requirement.”

This support, according to them, would cover only the cost of the treatment without taking care of logistics for distribution and administration.

The legislature added: “Despite the change in the epidemiology trends of the disease, the financial plan developed by the country and World Bank in April 2020 to fund the response to the pandemic is still being implemented without taking due cognisance of the changes by re-allocating the funds to vaccine procurement.”

It noted that failure to administer vaccines in the nation would result in Nigeria’s inability to contain further infections and a possible ban on Nigerians by countries across the world.

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COVID-19: Chinese Embassy Issues Nigerians and Other Nationals Travel Restrictions into China

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COVID-19: Chinese Embassy Issues Nigerians and Other Nationals Travel Restrictions into China

The Chinese authorities have issued fresh travel restrictions into China by Nigerians and other nationals in Nigeria holding valid Chinese visas or residence permits.

A public notice issued by the Embassy of China and Consulate in Nigeria today November 5, states that the decision was based on the COVID19 concerns in Nigeria. Other countries placed on temporary travel restrictions include the United Kingdom, Belgium, Luxembourg, Philippines, and a few others.

 

The Chinese embassy says it will no longer issue certified health declaration form for non-Chinese nationals in the country. It, however, said holders of diplomatic passports, courtesy, or C visas would not be affected by the regulation.

 

‘Notice of temporary suspension of entry into China by non-Chinese nationals in Nigeria holding valid Chinese visas or residence permits.’

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, China has decided to temporarily suspend entry into China by non-Chinese nationals in Nigeria holding visas or residence permits still valid at the time of this announcement.

The Chinese Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria will no longer issue a certified health declaration form for the above-mentioned personnel. Entry by holders of diplomatic service, courtesy or C visas will not be affected.

Foreign nationals visiting China for emergency needs may apply for visas at the Chinese Embassy or Consulate. Entry by non-Chinese nationals in Nigeria with visas issued after November 3, 2020, will not be affected.” the public notice read

Reacting to the development, the spokesman, Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry, Wang Wenbin, told AFP that the entry suspension was a legitimate and valid move consistent with international customary practices.

 

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Woman loses hearing in one ear after mild Covid-19 infection

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Woman loses hearing in one ear after mild Covid-19 infection

A woman identified as Meredith Harrell lost her hearing in one ear after mild Covid-19 Infection.

According to Elizabeth Cohen, CNN Senior Medical Correspondent, Harrell was walking from her backyard into the house, her right ear suddenly started to ring.

She realized that, other than the ringing, she couldn’t hear anything out of that ear.”It was like someone flipped a switch,” she said.

Harrell’s hearing loss was a mystery until about a week later, when she took a Covid-19 test. It was positive.

Even though she never felt sick, an otologist — a doctor who specializes in hearing — explained to Harrell that the virus was likely the culprit.Meredith Harrell with her son, Mason. The family tested positive for Covid-19.Meredith Harrell with her son, Mason. The family tested positive for Covid-19.

Viruses such as measles, mumps and meningitis are known to sometimes cause sudden hearing loss, and there’s growing evidence that the novel coronavirus should be added to the list.

“We’re hearing more and more that people have hearing loss as part of their Covid infection,” said Dr. Matthew Stewart, associate professor of otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

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There are no statistics on how common it is for people who’ve had Covid-19 to experience hearing loss, but a few small studies point to a possible link.

A team in Manchester, England, asked Covid-19 patients eight weeks after they’d been discharged from the hospital whether they’d experienced any hearing changes or ringing in their ears.

Of the 138 patients in the study, published in the International Journal of Audiology, 13% said yes.

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He said the reason is that the coronavirus is known to cause blood clots in other areas of the body, and he thinks that could be happening in the “extremely small blood vessels” in the inner ear.

Kevin Munro, an audiological scientist who co-authored the study in Manchester, said he thinks that theory makes sense.”

The capillaries in the inner ear are the smallest in the human body, so it wouldn’t take much to block them,” he said.

Munro and his team at the University of Manchester are planning larger studies on Covid-19 and hearing loss.

Until then, they’re not sure why it seems like some Covid-19 patients develop hearing loss while others don’t.

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