COVID-19: ‘We Want To Return Home’, Nigerians Stranded Abroad Cry Out
Nigerian Nationals who went abroad before the country lockdown its airports to international flights, over the Covid-19 have appealed to the Federal Government of Nigeria to allow them return home.
In a press statement, a former Civil Commissioner in Edo State, Hon.Mrs Omorede Osifo-Marshal, who is one of those involved, said the airports closure has affected many Nigerians who travelled for short business or holiday trips, abroad.
“Many of us who don’t like to stay outside our country Nigeria for long, are tired of being abroad and would like to be allowed to come back home. Some Nigerians are also getting stranded abroad especially with the trend, the Covid-19 is taking in Europe and the America”.
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She said, just like many Western countries who are already evacuating their citizens from Nigeria and other African countries, Nigeria should follow suit.
“The Federal Government should reopen the airports, allow us to return home and since it has already put in place facilities to test persons entering the country, we should be subjected to relevant tests and quarantined where necessary “, she added.
The Federal Government had last week announced the closure of all the country’s airports to international flights till April 23, 2020.
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For Hon. Mrs Osifo-Marshal, “That is a long way off. We want to come back home. We know the situation at home. The kind of attention we will get wherever we are abroad, relative to the virus, is not going to be the same as when we are home. We want to come home. The government should help us”.
There are indications that an Air France flight on Thursday moved 260 Europeans from Nigeria to France to prevent them from being infected with the virus.
Reports say this came after the Nigerian Government granted a one-week permission to Air France and KLM to evacuate Europeans from the country following the continued spread of the pandemic.
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Also on Thursday, British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ms. Catriona Laing CB, said the mission was exploring available options to send staff and their families back to the United Kingdom.
This was occasioned by projections by experts and top diplomats that the Coronavirus pandemic could explode in Nigeria and other African countries in the coming days.
But according to the World Health Organisation, Nigeria and other African countries battling the virus must conduct more tests to portray the true picture of things and avert a major crisis.
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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