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.
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 Participation ‘Kasar Moses Teryima’, Head of Data/Statistics ‘Mr 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.
COVID-19 Quarantine: 18% in-bound passengers not traceable — Sanwo-Olu
By Gistflash News
July 12, 2021
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says 18 per cent of passengers that arrived Lagos through Murtala Mohammed Airport cannot be traced for COVID-19 quarantine.
Sanwo-Olu made this known on Sunday in the update of the coronavirus pandemic situation in Lagos State.
He said that between May 8, 2021 and July 7, 2021, a total of 50,322 passengers of interest arrived in Lagos via the Murtala Mohammed Airport.
”Of the 50,322 passengers, 18 per cent could not be reached by EKOTELEMED because of the provision of either wrong numbers or wrong Nigerian contact details to be reached on,” the Chief Incident Commander said.
He said that it was the responsibility of passengers to ensure they provided the right details for them to be reached for proper monitoring.
”Going forward, passengers that do not provide the right details, including a phone number they can be reached for monitoring and an address for isolation, will face serious sanctions, including fines and imprisonment according to our Lagos State Coronavirus Law of 2021.
”As dictated by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC), passengers from red-listed countries (India, South Africa, Brazil and Turkey) are required to observe mandatory isolation.
”So far, we have successfully isolated 2,386 passengers in Lagos State. Of this number, 15 per cent have absconded,” Sanwo-Olu said.
He said that sanctions were being recommended and had already been meted out to defaulters.
The governor said that the sanctions for foreigners were revocation of their Permanent Residency and deportation; while for Nigerians were prosecution to the full extent of the Lagos State COVID-19 Law.
He also said that greater vigilance was required at this time in the churches and mosques and other places of religious worship.
Sanwo-Olu said that the state was pleased that religious houses were now open for worship, after the lengthy closures of 2020, however, worshippers must not be carried away by the illusion that all was now back to normal.
”This is especially critical, as Sallah approaches, in a little over a week from now.
”The festivities will no doubt bring people together in large numbers and create conditions that can sadly cause the spread of the coronavirus. We must not allow this to happen.
”For this reason, we are mandating full compliance with all protective protocols.
”There must be compulsory use of masks in all public places, social distancing, temperature checks, provisions for hand-washing and sanitisers, and a maximum of 50 per cent occupancy in enclosed spaces,” he said.
COVID-19 taskforce uncovers Delta variant in Oyo State
By Gistflash News
July 12, 2021
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on July 8 confirmed the index case of the deadly Delta variant in Nigeria.
NCDC confirms deadly Delta variant of COVID-19 in Nigeria
By Gistflash News
July 9, 2021
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has detected a confirmed case of the SARS-CoV-2, known as the Delta variant in Nigeria.
The NCDC Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) in Abuja.
NAN reports that the deadly Delta variant is recognised by the World Health Organisation as a variant of concern.
The WHO said that the Delta variant was ‘dangerous’ and continued to evolve and mutate, and thus requiring constant evaluation and careful adjustment of the public health response.
Ihekweazu said the variant was detected in a traveller to Nigeria, following the routine travel test required of all international travelers and genomic sequencing at the NCDC National Reference Laboratory, Abuja.
“As part of Nigeria’s COVID-19 response, NCDC has been working with the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) African Centre for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID) and other laboratories within the national network to carry out genomic sequencing.
”This is to enable the detection of variants of concern and initiate response activities.
“All data on variants from Nigeria have been published on GISAID, a global mechanism for sharing sequencing data.
”Given the global risk of spread of the Delta variant, positive samples from international travelers to Nigeria are sequenced regularly.
“The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has initiated several measures to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19.
”This includes the introduction of travel restrictions for countries where there is a surge in cases associated with widespread prevalence of variants of concern.
“The national travel protocol which includes compulsory seven-day self-isolation and repeat test on the seventh day after arrival, are in place to reduce the risk of spread of the virus.
”It is very important that this is strictly adhered to, to prevent a surge in COVID-19 cases in Nigeria,” he explained.
Given the high transmissibility of the Delta variant and following its detection in Nigeria, the NCDC boss urged all Nigerians to ensure strict adherence to public health and social measures in place.
“Proven public health and social measures such as physical distancing, frequent hand washing and proper use of face masks prevent infections and save lives.
”The COVID- 19 vaccine is safe and effective and offers protection against the disease,” he advised.
Additionally, he urged states to ensure sample collection and testing for COVID-19 was accessible to Nigerians.
“Public settings such as schools with accommodation facilities, workplaces and camps should utilise the approved Antigen-based Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) for rapid testing of their population,” he added.
He said although Nigeria had seen a low number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria in the last eight weeks, it is incredibly important that we do not forget to be careful.
“Please protect yourselves and the people you love by adhering to the known public health and social measures, getting vaccinated if you are eligible and getting tested if you have symptoms.”
The NCDC boss said the recommended control measures to limit the spread of the new variant was continued testing, following the existing public health guidance and abiding by the current travel and public restrictions.
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