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LOCKDOWN OPINION By Kefas Bangripga: How African leaders got it wrong, plateau state in focus

Since the global outbreak of the COVID 19, which has brought the entire world to her knees; crippling the socioeconomic

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Since the global outbreak of the COVID 19, which has brought the entire world to her knees; crippling the socioeconomic, sociopolitical, sociocultural, and every other aspect of human activities.

For centuries, this is the first time humanity is humbled, technological advancement rendered useless, world powers surrendering to nature than depending on their technological know-how.

This virus which spreads fast like a wild wind has registered its presence in almost every country of the world. It has decimated about two hundred thousand (200,000), people

and about two million (2,000,000) people have been infected with the virus, while the curves of death toll and infection are still progressing worldwide.

Against this background, different governments worldwide, regardless of political and economic ideologies, have improvised different strategies of flattening the curves and keeping the devastating impact of the pandemic to a bearest minimum

the most common of which is “LOCKDOWN “.
In Nigeria, the federal government has since initiated a lockdown in states that have been considered as the epicenters of the pandemic namely: Lagos, Ogun, and the Federal Capital Territory (with Kano likely to join).

The lockdown template adopted by the Federal Government can be compared to that of the United States of America (USA) where movement is strictly restricted, citizens are asked to stay at home, with palliatives given to them to cushion the hardship occasioned by the lockdown.

Essential workers such as; health workers, security personnel, media men, food vendors, and so on, are exempted from the lockdown.

However, the difference between Nigeria’s lockdown and that of the United States of America (USA) is; in the US, the palliatives are given to every citizen, where each adult is given $ 1,200(#480,000) and every child is given $ 500(#200,000).

While in Nigeria the palliatives are; #20,000 and other food items given to those considered as weak and vulnerable in the society. The distinguishing factors are; organization, resources, and capacity.

Well if we are not as organized as they are, and do not have sufficient resources and capacity as they do, why then copy their lockdown template? Why can’t we come up with our template that is relative to our socioeconomic and sociocultural realities?

Climbing down the State level, one will be clasped by confusion as to what guiding principles did our Governors adopt before initiating lockdowns in their respective states.

Do they even put the socioeconomic realities and sociological structures of their states into cognizance? Whatever the case may be, these two (2) factors have a significant bearing on the effectiveness of a lockdown in any society.

Looking at the lockdown template in plateau state
This is a state where a significant proportion of the population lives in abject penury, a larger chunk of the employment in the State comes from informal sectors like; petty trading,

hawking, physical labor, and other businesses. Most of the people in the State rely on their daily earnings to feed. With the economic activities in the State put on hold.

as occasioned by the Lockdown, how can these people battle hunger? How will this affect the effectiveness of the lockdown in curbing the spread of the virus in the State?

These are questions that seemingly were not asked or sufficiently answered by those advising the Plateau State Government before initiating the lockdown.

The extension of the lockdown in Plateau may cause more harm and could be more catastrophic to the State. With the palliatives not reaching everyone, the people will be tired of being locked-down without food and they will revolt.

The protest by the women at Zaria road on Saturday, April 24, 2020, was a prelude to the impending consequences of the lockdown.

When hunger begins to take it toll on the lockdown population, the lockdown may be metamorphosed into; high rate of crimes, civil unrest, and disobedience to constituted

authorities, which will make the law enforcement agencies to use force in trying to enforce the lockdown, this will also result in unnecessary deaths, thereby constituting devasting impediments to the State.

In the countries where lockdown originated from. It is initiated while aggressive massive testing is conducted simultaneously, which makes contact tracing easy, and curbing the spreading of the virus becomes more feasible because contacts are traced and quarantined concurrently.

In Plateau State where a majority of the population lives in slumps, with no adequate water supply. Even with the lockdown people in places like Gada Biyu, Farin Gada,

Anguwan Rukuba and Jenta Adamu, still gather in crowds to get water from a single source.
With no comprehensive database and a disheveled strategy of palliatives distribution.

People in their 100s still have to congest in ques to be given palliatives. Imagine the number of people that will be infected with the virus in the above scenarios, if one person amidst the crowd is carrying the virus.

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Initiating a lockdown without aggressive and massive testing is a miscalculation by the Plateau State Government. With the State having one index case, if contact tracing is not done aggressively and properly, the lockdown may have reverse effects on the fight against the spread of COVID 19 in the State.

Recommendations

  • The government should come up with an organized and well-coordinated way of distributing palliatives: like a door to door distribution.
  • The Government should expand the bracket of those to be given the palliatives. And should ensure equitable distribution of such.
  • Attention should be shifted to the borders to curb interstate movements than intrastate lockdown.
  • Security agent manning the borders should be closely monitored as most of them get compromise for a bribe
  • The government should come up with the policy of no mask no movement in the state
  • The public should be vigorously sensitized by the media, using jingles produced in indigenous languages.
  • The government should provide the primary need of the people

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Ayishat Olanrewaju: When is the Best Time to Build your Personal Brand?

Ayishat Olanrewaju: When is the Best Time to Build your Personal Brand?

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Ayishat said, People often ask me if there are some form of requirements or qualifications needed to build a personal brand online. Specifically, they want to know if they need to have a certain level of achievement, attain a specific height in their career, or first become an expert in every sense of it before making efforts to be a personal brand. I get this question a lot because people think that for you to build a personal brand, you must have reached a certain height that only a few people have.

When we choose the above perspective towards personal branding, we limit ourselves and the potentials that would have been explored. The truth is that you are already knowledgeable about something and have already accomplished something in your career or business that can be of value to someone else. Personal branding is all about positioning yourself to build value and positively impact others, using that thing you are knowledgeable about. The question is, what is that thing? The question isn’t whether some people call you an expert or not, or whether you have reached a certain level in your career. If you are knowledgeable in a certain field, then someone else might benefit from what you know. This should be the sole purpose of building a personal brand. How can you positively impact someone with what you know?

Building your personal brand can begin at the level you are, while you are working towards the level you want to be; this is the advice I give anyone who asks me if they can start building a personal brand or not. The key thing is to ensure you keep developing yourself so that you attain and even surpass that height you have been aiming for. It is however important to not pretend like you are at a certain level when you are not – like pretending you are an expert in a field when you are just starting out, this is not personal branding, it is falsehood and it would damage your personal brand in the long run.

Stop hiding your brilliance because you don’t think you have reached a certain level yet. The world needs what you know. The world needs to know you can help them.

Here are 5 ways to help you get started if you feel like you are doubting your brilliance and expertise:

Remind yourself that you are knowledgeable at something

Everybody is – you know something the next person doesn’t know. This is because of your unique set of skills, experiences, and knowledge. Think about how the lives of others can be better by the knowledge you have acquired in your field or through the unique experiences you had.

Brainstorm on that thing and write it

Sit down and brainstorm on that thing. Come up with different things you know and what can be of value to people. For instance, if you are passionate about cooking and coming up with new recipes, can you help other people learn how to cook better? Can you come up with interesting recipes for them to try out? In what other ways can you help?

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Think strategy

Think about the people that need that thing and come up with different ways you can help them with what you know. Let’s say you decide to start a personal brand as someone who is passionate about cooking and wants to teach others the most effective ways to do so. How best can you teach others? What does your target audience need the most? In what content format?

Think about how best to reach out to them

You need to know how best to reach out to your target audience, and the best platforms to use. You must be intentional about this because it has a lot to do with how well the value you want to share as a personal brand will be received by others.

Are you ready to build your personal brand? Feel free to ask me any questions you may have about packaging your expertise into a personal brand.

 

 

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Chioma Ozoemelam: Diseases You Can Prevent  By Washing Your Hands | READ

Chioma Ozoemelam: Diseases You Can Prevent  By Washing Your Hands | READ

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Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have been reminded to wash our hands, and have even been taught the proper way to do so. Beyond COVID-19, there are many other reasons to wash our hands. We can prevent a lot of illnesses by just washing our hands.

As our hands come in contact with various people, animals, foods, and surfaces, they pick up thousands of germs, bacteria, and viruses that can make you sick if they enter your body. Washing your hands has the power to minimise or even eliminate the risk of getting sick for you and those around you. The following illnesses are just a few of the ones that you can prevent by simply washing your hands.

Pink eye

When your eyes get sticky and super itchy, and have a crusty coating on them in the morning, you probably have conjunctivitis, AKA pink eye. Since people rub their eyes to alleviate the discomfort and then touch their surroundings, the virus or bacteria that cause ‘pink eye’ ends up on all sorts of surfaces where it can live for hours or even days. Children are at particular risk for infection and transmission because they like to explore and this exposes them to potentially contaminated objects.

Typhoid

A big reason to wash your hands more often is that you’re touching poop particles way more than you realise. That’s exactly how salmonella, the bacteria that causes typhoid, gets passed around. The infection spreads when bacteria pass into people’s mouths through food, water, hands, or objects contaminated with fecal matter (poop). It’s often transmitted through infected food that hasn’t been fully cooked (meat and eggs) or washed thoroughly (fruits and vegetables), and when you don’t properly wash your hands after using the bathroom or changing a baby’s diapers.

The flu

The flu can be deadly, and not just to those who are very young, very old, or immunocompromised. The 2017–2018 flu season was particularly dangerous with the CDC reporting 80,000 related deaths (including 180 children). Aside from getting the flu shot, handwashing is a key preventive measure, especially when you’re exposed to flu germs without knowing it.

Staphylococcus infection

Caused by a bacteria commonly found on the skin and in the noses of healthy people, staph can become life-threatening if the bacteria gets deep into your body and infects your blood, joints, and heart. Things can get particularly dangerous with an antibiotic-resistant strain of staph called MRSA. A staph infection may look like a boil or blister, or even just redness on the skin. The stubborn bacterium can live on inanimate objects, such as towels or gym equipment. If you wash your hands, you will lessen the risk of these bacteria being transmitted from person to person.

Respiratory Syncytial Virus

Almost all children will have an RSV infection by the time they turn two. The thing is, you will probably just think your child has a cold. But in some children, especially those born prematurely, and in people over 65 with weakened immune systems, this virus can cause breathing problems, pneumonia, bronchiolitis or worse. Like other respiratory illnesses, coughing and sneezing send infected droplets through the air and onto surfaces.

Hepatitis A

The good news: Hepatitis A doesn’t cause chronic liver disease like its cousins, B and C. The bad news: it can still make you really sick, causing gastrointestinal problems, fever, fatigue, and jaundice. In some cases, it can even cause acute liver failure and necessitate hospitalisation. You’ll likely hear about Hepatitis A outbreaks at restaurants, since this virus is often transmitted when someone hasn’t washed their hands after using the bathroom before preparing your food, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Strep throat

While viruses often cause sore throats, if a strep test determines that yours is caused by the bacteria group A Streptococcus, you’ll need antibiotics. Not only can strep throat cause discomfort and be highly contagious to others, but in some cases, it can also lead to scarlet fever, rheumatic fever and other life-threatening complications. According to the CDC, coughing, and sneezing spreads small respiratory droplets containing the bacteria. You can’t always stop someone from coughing or sneezing on you, but you can control your own handwashing habits.

Other diarrhoeal diseases

Feces (poop) from people or animals is an important source of germs like Salmonella, E. coli O157, and norovirus that cause diarrhea.

These kinds of germs can get onto hands after people use the toilet or change a diaper, but also in less obvious ways, like after handling raw meats that have invisible amounts of animal poop on them. Hand washing can prevent about 30% of diarrhoea-related sickness.

The common cold

While not as serious as these other diseases, a cold can still make you feel miserable and ruin your week. One study found that handwashing can lower your risk of catching a respiratory illness by a whopping 45 percent.

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Hand-foot-and-mouth disease

If you have kids or  work around them, handwashing can help prevent this uncomfortable infection caused by the coxsackievirus. Common in daycares and preschools, hand-foot-and-mouth disease (HFMD) causes sores on the mouth and throat, a rash on the hands and feet, a fever and loss of appetite. What gets you sick, exactly? Contagion particles from an infected person’s nose, mouth, blisters, and feces that get on your hands and then into your mouth. This is exactly why you should be washing your hands regularly and teaching your kids to do the same. Also encourage them to keep their hands out of their mouths, while you’re at it.

Mononucleosis

You probably know it as “the kissing disease,” but mono, and the Epstein-Barr virus that causes it, is not only transmitted through kissing. Saliva is the main culprit, so objects that an infected person has sneezed on, coughed on, or touched could subsequently infect you should. Sharing drinks or utensils is also a common way to spread this. If you do come down with mono, you’ll experience extreme fatigue, high fever, body aches, a very sore throat, and an enlarged spleen. Symptoms usually last between two and four weeks but sometimes longer.

Cytomegalovirus

Here’s another reason to be vigilant about handwashing if you’re pregnant. Good hygiene can prevent the transmission of this virus in the herpes family that can cause serious harm to your unborn child, including hearing and vision loss, intellectual disability, and even death.

 

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FEAR MERCHANTS: Is covid19 a death sentence (I)

For the past 5 months, the world has been on a pause mode. All aspects of human interaction and social life have been adversely affected, as a result of the emergence of

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For the past 5 months, the world has been on a pause mode. All aspects of human interaction and social life have been adversely affected, as a result of the emergence of

COVID 19. Just like HIV/AIDS COVID 19 has no cure (at least for now). Despite the intellectual efforts and material resources put in by scientists and researchers to develop a

vaccine, the virus still continues defy all solutions. Having penetrated every shore, killing over 2 hundred thousand people and

Over 2 million people getting infected, the virus is still on the rise. These are stats that have thrown the world into a deep abyss of forlorn and despondency.

Also, read : FEAR MERCHANTS: is covid 19 a death sentence II 

The most effective way of winning the fight against the virus, is massive

Testing and isolation of positive persons concurrently.In Western countries,we have seen how citizens submit themselves for testing and apparently isolated if found positive.

This explains why most of these countries have conducted about million tests in a short period of time. Though sufficiency of testing kits and Personnel Protection Equipment are variations,

Nevertheless, we cannot detach the willingness and commitment of the citizens to be tested, from this milestone.

The Nigerian government, is yet to initiate a compulsory testing of every citizen and isolation of positive cases. This is due to the fact that we do not have sufficient testing kits, P.P.E, human resources, isolation centres,

Among other impediments. Even if we have all these in place, there is a higher propensity that, the willingness and commitment from the part of the citizens will constitute a major hindrance. A classical example of this, was what happened in Borno last week, when 2

Positive persons escaped from an isolation centre in Maiduguri. Imagine the number of people that have been exposed to the virus as a result of this! A lot of people have attributed this to; the poor facilities at the isolation

Centres and the level of care given to the people at the isolation centres. Some even attributed it to the attitudinal disposition of Nigerians. From a different perspective, this

Typifies the kind of orientation on the virus that the media have been feeding the public with. It is a panic reaction generated by the information on COVID 19, the public has been exposed to, by the media. All over the world, the media have robustly contributed in

Sensitising the public about the virus; upsurge, death toll, preventive measures, sign and symptoms. Despite the efforts of the media, to an average Nigerian, COVID 19 is a death sentence.

To them, once you contact the virus, the chances of survival are slim. This brings us to the fact that, there is need for a paradigm shift, from the part of the media.

The media need to drift away from Hanging the Sword. The framing pattern of; reports and jingles on COVID 19 by Nigerian media, are streamlined on; fatalities and number of confirmed cases. This has left many Nigerians psychologically defeated.

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