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NYCC-19: Nigerian Youths Air Their Voices on the Effect of COVID-19 (Video)

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The Nigerian Youth Compact on Covid-19 (NYCC-19) held the 2nd edition of ‘One Stop Youth Talk’ program on June, 18th 2020. It was an interactive section anchored by the head of publicity ‘Millicient Umoru Osakwa’.

One Stop Youth Talk on Covid-19 is a weekly Zoom Live streaming program organized by Nigeria Youth Compact on Covid-19 (NYCC-19) every Thursday. It is a platform where youths from different works of life come together to discuss matters surrounding the effect of COVID-19 and share ideas pertaining post-COVID-19.

This edition focused on the Covid-19 effect on Livelihood, Education and Community; Among the features were the National Steering Chairman of Nigeria Youth Compact on Covid-19 ‘Comrade Gambo Haruna’, Vice Chairman/Head of State AffairsPrince Echem’, Head of Data/StatisticsMr Oche Precious Edeh’ and the Head of Palliatives ‘Patience Eze’.

The Session lasted for over 2 hours featuring youths across the country discussing how to curtail the pandemic ravaging the nation and the way forward. The Chairman ‘Gambo Haruna’ gave a welcoming speech and elaborated more on the objectives of the Youth Compact.

However, the guest speaker of the day, Ms Kaliat Johanna, a senior lecturer, at the Department of Architecture, Kaduna State University, talked about Education, the way forward as we fight the pandemic across the nation.

She also stated that the pandemic has solved the problem of inequality in the education sector in terms of the e-learning systems adopted in the education sector which has revealed the silver lining of Covid-19 (the acceleration in E-learning).

 “Due to the effect of covid-19 on the nations economy, some graduates might end up opting for low paying jobs” said Ms. Kaliat Johanna.

While Mr. Henry Okorie, a Youth Leader from Abia State, Isikwuato L.G.A. talked about the effect of the pandemic on the livelihood of youths; Okereke Sandra Daberechi from the rural area of Abia State spoke on the effect on covid-19 on the Community. She stated that the youths in the rural community needs sensitization to enable them adhere to the preventive measure on Covid-19.

Ms Patience Ezeh, the Head of Palliatives NYCC-19 spoke from the angle of the farmers and artisans who depend on daily source of income. She stated that Nigeria should invest more on Agriculture to ensure food security.

Going further, Mr. Oche P. Eche, the head of Data/Statistics, NYCC-19 gave an update on the data collected so far. He stated that over 10,000 youths from across the 36 states of the federation have registered their data. He urged more youths to do same in order to be captured in this scheme.

According to the Ms. Kaliat, the NYCC-19 can work hand in hand with the government in the provision of E-Learning equipment such as Laptops, Android phones and power supply.

Mr. Prince Echem stated that setting up of state structures are currently ongoing and by next week the various selected state coordinators will be published.

In conclusion, the head of advisory board ‘Mr. Uzoh Ifeanyi’ gave his vote of thanks to all the partners of NYCC-19, the guest speakers and the various youths that participated. He encouraged the steering committee of this project and assured that the necessary funding for the project will be made available soon.

According to Ms. Millicient Umoru, all schools should be fumigated and necessary protective kits should be made available for students before school re-open.

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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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