A non-governmental organization (NGO), South Saharan Social Development Organization (SSDO), has donated food and non-food palliative items to 254 vulnerable households within Enugu State.

SSDO donation, done in partnership with Nigeria Foundation for the Support of Victims of Terrorism (Victims Support Fund), included a bag of rice, beans, garri, and four-litre cooking oil to each of the vulnerable households.

Other non-food items donated are; bottles of sanitizers and facemasks.

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The South Saharan Social Development Organisation (SSDO), an NGO, has donated food and non-food palliative items worth multi-million naira to 254 vulnerable households in Enugu State.

SSDO’s  donation, distributed in partnership with Nigeria Foundation for the Support of Victims of Terrorism (Victims Support Fund)included a bag of rice, beans, garri, and four-litre cooking oil to each of the vulnerable households.

Other non-food items donated were bottles of sanitizer and face masks.

Distributing the palliative to beneficiaries in Enugu East council area on Monday, Executive Director of SSDO, Dr Stanley Ilechukwu, said that the palliative was to give succour to the indigent.

According to Ilechukwu, most indigent livelihood and daily income have been affected by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The executive director said that the donation, at this time, was also meant to meet the physiological and safety needs of the people.

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A non-governmental organization (NGO), South Saharan Social Development Organization (SSDO), has donated food and non-food palliative items to 254 vulnerable households within Enugu State.

SSDO donation, done in partnership with Nigeria Foundation for the
Support of Victims of Terrorism (Victims Support Fund), included a bag
of rice, beans, garri, and four-litre cooking oil to each of the
vulnerable households.

Other non-food items donated are; bottles of sanitizers and facemasks.

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The South Saharan Social Development Organisation (SSDO), an NGO, has donated food and non-food palliative items worth multi-million naira to 254 vulnerable households in Enugu State.

SSDO’s  donation, distributed in partnership with Nigeria Foundation for the Support of Victims of Terrorism (Victims Support Fund), included a bag of rice, beans, garri, and four-litre cooking oil to each of the vulnerable households.

Other non-food items donated were bottles of sanitizer and face masks.

Distributing the palliative to beneficiaries in Enugu East council area on Monday, Executive Director of SSDO, Dr Stanley Ilechukwu, said that the palliative was to give succour to the indigent.

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SYMPATHY went high in Enugu, yesterday, when a Non-Governmental Organization, South Saharan Social Development Organization, SSDO, in partnership with Nigeria Foundation for the Support of Victims of Terrorism (Victims Support Fund) distributed palliatives to 254 indigent citizens of Enugu state, whose income were affected by the ravaging coronavirus pandemic.

Other vulnerable persons that benefited from the palliatives were a blind woman at Ogui-Eke and a crippled man who lives in a zinc corrugated house in Oma-Eke, both in Udi local government area of Enugu state. Anosike, the nursing mother of triplets and four other children, who squat in school premises, having no apartment of hers, in an emotional speech said: “You don’t know what this means to me, ever since my husband realized that I was pregnant with triplets, even more, so that we have four children already, he left us and never came back.”

The elated blind woman danced around when she was informed of what the team brought to her.

The palliatives consisted of food items, sanitizers and facemasks, to meet the physiological and safety needs of the people.

Speaking at the event flag-off, Executive Director of SSDO, Dr Stanley Ilechukwu regretted that the Covid-19 inspired lockdown has presented a stark choice to families, to risk death or disability due to the virus or hunger and starvation from loss of income.

“South Saharan would support you to ensure you are not placed in a situation where you have to choose either. This exercise is being carried out successfully with a working database of vulnerable households in the state. “The project is ongoing and SSDO is calling out to both individuals and groups whose interest has been kindled and would like to donate to help,” Ilechukwu said.

The palliatives which focused on widows, orphans, and people living with disabilities, PLWD, were distributed across Enugu East, Enugu South, Nkanu East, and Udi local government areas of Enugu state.

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2020/06/covid-19-emotions-as-ngo-give-palliatives-to-homeless-triplet-nursing-mother-253-vulnerable/

As part of the efforts to respond to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Enugu State, WaterAid in partnership with South Saharan Social Development Organisation (SSDO) has installed contactless permanent handwashing facilities in ten different locations in the state, including the three COVID-19 Isolation centres across the State.

Speaking at the Launch of the Facilities which took place at the Ultra-Modern Diagnostic Centre, GRA, Enugu on 28th May, 2020, the Executive Director SSDO, Dr. Stanley Ilechukwu,  appreciated the government of Enugu State for its continued support and stated that SSDO is working to ensure that the state is COVID-19 free.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ike Obi who wwas present at the launch stated that the project was a welcomed development and the ministry is open for more collaboration.

The contactless permanent handwashing facilities are currently installed at;

  1. Ultra-Modern Diagnostic centre, GRA, Enugu
  2. ESUT Specialist and Isolation Center, GRA, Enugu
  3. Nsukka Isolation and Treatment Center
  4. Nsukka General Hospital
  5. Ogbete Main Market
  6. New Market, Enugu
  7. Gariki Main Market
  8. Orba Main Market
  9. Ogige Main Market
  10. 9th Mile Shuttle Park

The occassion was graced by the presence of the Commissioner for Health – Associate Prof. Emmanuel Ikechukwu Obi, Special Adviser to the Governor, Ministry of Water Resources – Hon. Dubem Onyia, Permanent Secretary, Min. of Water Resources – Mrs. Cordelia Ada Nwonye, MD, Enugu State Water Corporation – Eze Chidozie, and Coordinator – Small Town Units, Min of Water Resources – Christopher Ogbu. 

Also present at the launch were representatives of both print and electronic media organizations. 

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The Case for New Case Identification Strategies

The first case of coronavirus in Nigeria was on the 27th of February 2020 when it was reported that an Italian citizen working in Nigeria returned from Milan Italy to Lagos Nigeria. Since the index case, Nigeria has recorded 7526 confirmed cases, 2171 recoveries and 221 deaths as at 24th May 2020. However, it should be stated that the total number of tests carried out stands at about 43,328, which puts Nigeria’s test per capita rate at 21 per 100,000, significantly lower than other peer economies of like Ghana (627 per 100,000) and South Africa (951 per 100,000).

 

 The testing rate is alarming considering there is evidence that community spread is widespread in some parts of the country and it is doubtful that current testing capacity would be sufficient to test and trace all suspects. Tracing is also made difficult due to the backlash from the prolonged economic shutdown necessitated by the pandemic. Nigeria is country with poor economic indices – a growth rate of 2.27% in 2019, down from a high of 6.22% in 2014, a GDP per capita of 2134.076 at 2018, down from a high of 3225.711 in 2014, unemployment and underemployment rates of 23.1% and 20.1% respectively and a poverty rate of 40.1%, and as such it would be difficult to sustain a prolonged shutdown affecting the livelihood of millions without risking mass protests.

Given these realities, the best strategy that can be employed by NCDC is targeted testing approach that does not restrict the ability of most citizens of the country to carry out their functions while devolving and decentralizing COVID-19 management and contact tracing to the nearest Primary Healthcare Center (PHC). While the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) has commenced capacity-building of PHC personnel, it is pertinent that testing is ramped up, alternatively, symptomatic screening algorithm with moderate to high index of sensitivity for COVID-19 is utilized as the first line of management.

Symptomatic screening algorithm protocol would be feasible in Nigeria, however, it would require instituting a screening mechanism which most Nigerians would have access to. Options for this would include either a phone-in assessment, walk-in assessments at health facilities, an online assessment using the numerous COVID_19 applications. While the options listed are viable, they do present some challenges.  The use of GSM technology would be the best given Nigeria’s GSM penetration of 97.45% however, a call centre with the capacity to receive the numerous daily calls is currently lacking. The NCDC call centre is currently overwhelmed with calls, with citizens complaining of their inability to reach the NCDC despite calling numerous times. While COVID-19 apps are a good development, the number of citizens with internet access is limited. Finally, walk-in visits for screening without a triage mechanism might also overwhelm already fragile health systems given the poor doctor-patient and nurse-patient ratios in the country.

An alternative screening method accessible to a vast majority of Nigerians, prevents both the NCDC and the state health system from being overwhelmed, and can be easily scaled across the country has to be designed and operationalized at the shortest possible time as every day lost further exacerbates COVID-19 community spread, putting more lives at risk.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo has announced the introduction of another daily radio lessons programme targeted at junior secondary school students in the state, as part of efforts to ensure that students utilise their time judiciously during the closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement, the commissioner said the radio teaching programme is an initiative of the state government, through the ministry of education, in partnership with Naija FM 102.7 and South Saharan Social Development Organisation.

She noted that the radio lessons will cover four subjects like English Studies, Mathematics, Basic Science and Civic Education, adding that the teachings are to commence on April 6 from 12 noon to 1pm daily.

Adefisayo said the aim of the radio teaching programme is to keep the students engaged while at home during the lockdown period.
“Parents and guardians should inform and ensure that their children/wards tune in to Naija FM 102.7 and make the best use of the quality teachings and educative programme,” she said, adding that a similar programme, also an initiative of the ministry, meant for senior secondary school students is currently ongoing on Wazobia Radio and Television stations.

“The programmes commenced on March 30, 2020, while that of radio is being aired from 11am to 1pm daily, that of television is being aired between 2pm and 4pm.

Lagos Partners Naija FM, South Saharan on Radio Lessons for Students

A major boost has come on the way of Lagos State government as Naija FM 102.7 and South Saharan Social Development Organisation have partnered with her to provide daily free radio lessons programme for students in junior secondary schools in the state.

The gesture, which is the social responsibility initiative of the two media outlets on education, is to cushion the effects of interrupted academic activities of students following the closure schools due to COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The state’s Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, made this announcement in a statement made available by the head of public affairs unit of the ministry, Mr Kayode Abayomi, on Friday.

She said the radio lessons would cover four subjects which are English Studies, Mathematics, Basic Science and Civic Education, noting that the teachings would commence from Monday, 6th of April, and run for one hour beginning from 12 noon daily.

While disclosing that the aim of the radio teaching programme is to keep the students productively engaged now that they are at home, she urged parents and guardians to ensure they encourage their children and wards to key into the programme.

She, however, noted that a similar programme is already ongoing for senior secondary school students on Wazobia radio and television stations and that all is for the advantage of the students as well as the education sector of the state.

Schools’ closure: Lagos partners Najia Fm, South Saharan on free radio lessons for students

 

In order to continuously engage students during the closure of schools in the Lagos State, the Honourable Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo has announced the introduction of another daily educational radio programme targeted at the Junior Secondary School Students.

A statement issued on Thursday by the Commissioner said the radio teaching programme is an initiative of the Ministry of Education and partnership between the Lagos State Government, Naija FM 102.7 and South Saharan Social Development Organisation.

She disclosed that the radio lessons will cover four subjects; English Studies, Mathematics, Basic Science and Civic Education, adding that the teachings are to commence from Monday, 6th of April, 2020, running from noon to 1p.m daily.

Speaking further, Adefisayo averred that the aim of the radio programme is to keep the students engaged while at home during the lockdown period, urging parents and guardians to ensure that their children tune in to Naija FM 102.7 and make the best use of the quality teachings and educative programme.

The Commissioner, however, noted that a similar programme initiated for Senior Secondary School Students had commenced on Monday, 30th March, 2020 and is currently ongoing on WAZOBIA radio and television stations between 11a.m to 1p.m as well as 2p.m and 4p.m daily respectively.

https://lagosstate.gov.ng/blog/2020/04/03/schools-closure-lagos-partners-najia-fm-south-saharan-on-radio-lessons-for-jss-students/

https://lagosstate.gov.ng/blog/2020/04/03/schools-closure-lagos-partners-najia-fm-south-saharan-on-radio-lessons-for-jss-students/