COVID-19: Legal Practitioner To CBN: Relax Your Policies, Make Fund Available
…Says Travel Ban Belated
A Benin-based legal practitioner and public affairs analyst, Prince Peters Enosoregbe Uwadiae, has called on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to work out monetary policies that would ensure funds are readily available to agencies saddled with the responsibility of managing and preventing the spread of novel Coronavirus.
Uwadiae cautioned those in-charge of managing and preventing the spread of the covid-19 to live up to expectations and resist the temptation of diverting such funds meant to fight the pandemic.
He said the outbreak of coronavirus was an emergency situation which required the apex bank to relax its economic policies in order to make sufficient funds available to address the situation.
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The legal practitioner who argued that Nigeria was not a poor nation, expressed the belief that if such measures are taken, there would be sufficient funds to take care of her citizens.
“The Central Bank should work out economic measures, monetary policies, monetary derivatives that would hip up our currency in circulation, so that money that is required by institutions would be readily available to them. This is an emergency situation, not a normal situation.
“Under normal situation, you can put restrictions and all of that in our economic policies, but the Central Bank knows that this is an emergency; and because it is an emergency situation all those policies must be relaxed to pave way for money to these agencies that are there to tackle this menace”, he said.
On the travel ban by government, the legal practitioner noted that the decision by government came late.
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According to him, countries like America, etc did not wait till the pandemic spread before placing traveling restriction.
He said his thought was that before now, one of the safety mechanism government would have used was to completely stop people from coming into the country.
While observing that covid-19 can spread through the movement of persons through land borders and waterways, Uwadiae advocated a total restriction on all forms of traveling.
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The lagal practitioner said, “You are talking of travel restrictions. I would tell you that the only travel restriction we know in Nigeria is flying out of the country and traveling in. What about the numbers of land borders that we have; these porous land borders that we have, who says the thing cannot spread through Niger Republic, who says it cannot spread through Chad. So, that is it. The travel restrictions should be total – air, land and sea”.
Coming down to Edo State, the legal practitioner called on the state government to be more proactive in handling the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus.
“I think Edo State government need to be moreproactive than we are seeing now. It is not for the Deputy Governor to be talking on air. We want to see physical things, physical equipment to deal with the situation, he stated.
On government stay at home order, he noted that it was the practice in civilized countries of the world.
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He, however, called on government to make cash available to her citizens so that they would have money to take care of themselves and families, while they isolate themselves.
World Hearing Day:Wilbon ENT, Head And Neck Clinic Offers 30 People Free Ear Disease Treatment
The management of Wilbon ENT, Head and Neck Clinic marked the World hearing day with free hearing and ear disease screening to over 30 indigent patients in celebration of the day .
The 2023 World Hearing Day has as its theme: ” Ear and Hearing Care for all ! Let’s make it a reality.”
At the event on Saturday, March 4, put together by Medical Director, Wilbon ENT, Head and Neck Clinic , Dr Patrick Okundia said it was an opportunity to give back to the society in the free hearing screening and ear disease treatment.
According to him, over 30 people benefited from the free hearing screening and ear disease treatment.
On his part, a medical expert with the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Dr Eustace Oseghale gave a health talk to
sensitize the public on the need for regular check up on Ear, Nose Throat care.
The beneficiaries were full of praises for the Medical Director, Dr Patrick Okundia .
UBTH ENT H&N Dept Marks World Hearing Day, Reiterates Commitment To Quality Service Delivery
Medical Experts from the Department of Ear Nose Throat Head and Neck Surgery (ENT H&N), University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) have marked the 2023 World Hearing Day with a pledge to provide Ear and hearing care for all.
The 2023 World Hearing Day has as its theme: ” Ear and Hearing Care for all: Let’s make it a reality.”
The Chief Medical Director, University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) , Prof. Darlington Obaseki who acknowledged the good works of the ENT H&N department, reiterated his support for the department in the area of improving ear and hearing care.
Other stakeholders who spoke during the World Hearing Day 2023 highlighted the importance of ear and hearing care.
As part of activities to mark the 2023 World Hearing Day, the ENT H&N team also paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, University of Benin (UNIBEN), Prof Lilian Salami, who restated her continued support for the sister institution’s medical experts.
Delivering a lecture entitled, ” Ear and Hearing Care for all! Let’s make it a reality” Chief Medical Director, Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH), Oghara, Prof. Nekwu Okolugbo noted that the hearing day was key in re-dedicating special attention to issues of Ear and hearing care for all.
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The event which climaxed with the hearing screening and free ear treatment, where over 80 patients benefited from the exercise, had in attendance renowned medical Experts who included, Edo Health insurance commission, Dr Owen Omorogbe, and a former commissioner for Health in Edo state, Dr. Patrick Okundia.
Others include, Head Department of Ear Nose Throat Head and Neck Surgery (ENT H&N), University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Dr. Amina Okhakhu, Director General, Edo Health Insurance Commission, Dr. Rock Amegor ,LOC Chairman Dr Eustace Oseghale and the Edo State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Obehi Akoria among others.
How Nigeria’s High Fertility Rate Promotes Insecurity – Experts
Nigeria’s high fertility rate is associated with increased insecurity, banditry, underemployment, and maternal and infant mortality in the country, experts have said.
Nigeria’s fertility rate, which is said to be 5.3 births per woman, is one of the highest in the world.
The fertility rate is the number of children born alive to women during the year as a proportion of the average annual population of women of the same age.
The Chairman of the Association for the Advancement of Family Planning, Dr Ejike Orji, said the growing youth population encouraged insecurity in the country.
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“We have this youthful bulge where 72 per cent of the population is under the age of 30. They don’t have jobs, so they can easily be recruited as bandits, kidnappers, religious bigots, ethnic bigots and unscrupulous politicians.
“That is why we have this very terrible insecurity that we have in the country right now, and we have 18.5 million out-of-school children. After that, you see a high level of emigration because young people are finding Nigeria very uncomfortable, and both skilled and unskilled are leaving the country.
“Then, you have armed robbers, kidnappers, and bandits killing people all over the country,” Orji said.
Also, the President of the Association for Reproductive and Family Health, Prof Oladapo Ladipo, said the negative effects of overpopulation were expressed in different ways, including insecurity.
He said, “When you have the nexus of overpopulation, underemployment, inequity, what you have is a growth of radicalism and banditry, and that is what we have now.
“What you need is qualitative reproduction, not quantitative reproduction. Have the number of children you can cater to and bring up in a healthy environment, and provide resources for their education.
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“But what we have now is reckless reproduction, and that is why we have so many almajiris. We have many people with certificates but no jobs.
“The government itself is overwhelmed by the population. The number of bed spaces is not enough for the population. The number of institutions is not enough for the youths that are growing up,” he added.
The experts, however, said with free maternal health services and an increase in family planning, funding would reduce the high fertility rate and maternal mortality.
Nigeria’s maternal mortality rate is still among the highest in the world, with an estimated 512 deaths per 100,000 live births, making the country far from achieving the Sustainable Development Goal target of reducing the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births.
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