To curb the scourge of rape in the country, the Citizens Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR) has set motion in place  to partner the State Government to domesticate the Act in the state.

 This is coming at the heels of the incessant rape cases in the country in the last weeks, especially that domesticating the Violence Against Persons Prohibition law in the state will help to check the occurrence of the incident.

The law which was passed into law in 2013 and 2015 by House of Reps and Senate respectively and signed in 2015 will check the excesses of potential offenders and preserve the sanctity of the vulnerable and check gender based violence in the country.

CCIDESOR will partner the State Government, the Ministry Gender and Vulnerable Groups, Ministry of Health and other agencies to ensure that the law becomes effective in the state.

When history is asleep, it is memory that wakes it up, when memory itself falls into stupor, we invoke remembrance to kick it into active consciousness. To forget is human, it also falls within the province of man to remember. That is why we need to draw a line between those who forget to remember and those who remember to forget.

 As the federal government and various state governments release phases of easing the lockdown in the wake of the global pandemic called coronavirus otherwise called COVID-19, there is therefore need for increased personal and collective hygienic measures bearing in mind the guideline protocols.

The citizens have to  maintain utmost personal hygiene by washing their hands regularly with running water, sanitize their hands with alcoholic-based sanitizer, maintain social distancing and keep to all guideline protocols which are needed to combat the virus.

In the light of the Covid-19 pandemic a lot of conversations have been brought around past pandemics. Four of them are being talked about.  The most is 2009 Swine Flu, 1968 Hong Kong Flu, 1957-58 Asian Flu and 1918-20 Spanish Flu. The MERS of 2012-13 was not a pandemic. All these historical pandemics being talked about right now have been some kind of influenza or similar diseases.

Covid-19, which is caused by the novel coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2, is the least fatal of them all.  Spanish Flu was the most fatal and is also the most-talked about historical flu right now. It killed about 4-5 crore people worldwide. Crore describes ten million, one hundred lakhs especially….of people

Every tragedy leaves behind a lesson that helps us prevent or better deal with future catastrophes as long as it is not forgotten. Spanish Flu and Covid-19 have uncanny similarities in the lesson the two pandemics offer to human kind.

Just like in the case of Covid-19, there was no known medicine available to treat Spanish Flu. The world of medical science was in a nascent stage back then. Developing a vaccine against Spanish Flu was out of question. The first flu vaccine came on the scene only in 1940. The first antibiotic medicine came in 1928, years after Spanish Flu had ravaged the human population.

It was lockdown, social distancing and masks that saved the world, particularly the developed one, back then. Health professionals in America and Europe wore face masks to reduce chances of contracting Spanish Flu while treating patients, who were coming in huge numbers every day.

According to www. Indiatoday, it is worthy of note that when the lockdown was ease down, the real death came that increased the toll. Some American cities enforced lockdowns, not exactly like the ones today, but they cancelled public events and asked people to keep distance. Two American cities are particularly worth looking at Philadelphia and St Luis. Both the cities were impacted by Spanish Flu.

While Philadelphia went about its business as usual, St Luis imposed restrictions. One month later, the number of those dying of Spanish Flu in Philadelphia was around 10,000. On the other hand, the death toll in St Luis was only around 700. Many other cities that had closed their churches, schools, theatres and other public places reported fewer Spanish Flu deaths than cities that had not enforced lockdowns or asked people to practice social distancing.

In the treatment of Spanish Flu, the doctors accidentally discovered that those forced to spend their recuperating time under direct sun and in open air recovered faster than those kept in cooler places, inside the hospital rooms or under the shades.

Now, research also shows that open or well-ventillated places are better in reducing the chances of coronavirus infection. Researchers have found that using air-conditioners in a room where a Covid-19 patient is being kept can increase the chances of spread of infection. The Indian government has issued an advisory on how to use air-conditioners during coronavirus.

The Covid-19 pandemic may end up reshaping the world just like Spanish Flu along similar or different contours. Lessons from both the pandemics are, however, almost the same – masks, lockdown, social distancing, cleaner air and sunrays are tools to fight next pandemic because that too will not have a vaccine or a known medical protocol for treatment.

There is need to be careful and understand that the temporary ease down by the governments is not a time to live unmindful of the fact that the COVID-19 is real. Those who say it is not real are simply expressing the fact that they have not been hit or that anybody closer to them is not infested.

We must avoid crowded places, carry our sanitizers along with us and ensure that we keep our environment clean, wear face masks, regularly wash our hands and maintain social distancing to be alive. Remember COVID-19 does not spread, it is people that spread it. Be mindful of your movement. We must increase safety measures now that there is ease of lockdown. I see some persons jumping into the streets with joy, we must reassess that joy for a more reflective moment of living and staying safe healthy by increasing the level of careful.\

Written By Chigozie Uzosike

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) has announced the guidelines for the ease of COVID-19 lockdown which will come into effect on May 4.

While briefing the media on Wednesday, Boss Mustapha, PTF Chairman and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, noted that banks and offices will reopen next week.

The SGF, however, insisted that educational institutions will still remain shut nationwide as precautionary steps to prevent the spread of the virus in the country.

Mustapha said; “In line with Mr President’s directives in paragraphs 34 to 41 of his broadcast, the Presidential Task Force has developed guidelines. The gradual reopening of the economy will stand a total of six weeks broken into three tranches of two weeks each.

“To the avoidance of doubt, the following clarifications are provided – The overnight curfew is applicable nationwide. The inter-state travels are banned except for the movement of goods, agro products, petroleum products, essential services as directed by Mr President,” he added.

Ahead of the reopening of offices, Mustapha warned corporate organisations to take some precautionary measures before resuming.

Some of these include maintaining social distancing, making available hand sanitisers, and fumigation of their environment among others.

The SGF further stipulated guidelines on the gradual resumption of official businesses saying; “The management of various offices, premises and businesses that will be gradually reopened are mandated to ensure that the following preparatory steps are taken.

Listing the steps, the PTF Chairman said; “Fumigation and decontamination, an arrangement made for physical distancing, provision of hand sanitisers and handwashing facilities, application of the policy of mandatory use of face masks, provision of thermometers for temperature checks.”

He further directed business managers to increase communication with their staff on COVID-19 and appealed for organisations to give special consideration to be given to persons living with disabilities.

In a bid to check safety and healthy work space, the Citizens Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR) has hinted that in the face of the coronavirus, every organization must see to the fact that their environment must be kept safe..

CCIDESOR noted that based on the challenges that governments, employers, workers and whole societies are facing worldwide to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work will focus on addressing the outbreak of infectious diseases at work, focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic. Concern is growing over the continuing rise in COVID-19 infections in some parts of the world and the ability to sustain declining rates in others.

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work will focus on addressing the outbreak of infectious diseases at work, focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim is to stimulate national tripartite dialogue on safety and health at work. The  International Labour Organization (ILO) is using this day to raise awareness on the adoption of safe practices in workplaces and the role that Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) services play. It will also focus on the medium to long-term, including recovery and future preparedness, in particular, integrating measures into OSH management systems and policies at the national and enterprise levels.

CCIDESOR noted that based on the challenges that governments, employers, workers and whole societies are facing worldwide to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work will focus on addressing the outbreak of infectious diseases at work, focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic.Concern is growing over the continuing rise in COVID-19 infections in some parts of the world and the ability to sustain declining rates in others. Governments, employers, workers and their organizations face enormous challenges as they try to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and protect safety and health at work. Beyond the immediate crisis, there are also concerns about resuming activity in a manner that sustains progress made in suppressing transmission.

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work will focus on addressing the outbreak of infectious diseases at work, focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim is to stimulate national tripartite dialogue on safety and health at work. The ILO is using this day to raise awareness on the adoption of safe practices in workplaces and the role that occupational safety and health (OSH) services play. It will also focus on the medium to long-term, including recovery and future preparedness, in particular, integrating measures into OSH management systems and policies at the national and enterprise levels.

As the international community celebrates the World Malaria Day, Citizens Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR) has called for increased partnership with relevant stakeholders to End Malaria.

This year’s celebration was on promoting “Zero malaria starts with me”, a grassroots campaign that aims to keep malaria high on the political agenda, mobilize additional resources, and empower communities to take ownership of malaria prevention and care.

“We know that through country leadership and collective action, we can radically reduce suffering and death from malaria. Between 2000 and 2014, the number of malaria-related deaths fell by 40% worldwide, from an estimated 743 000 to 446 000.

But in recent years, progress has ground to a standstill. According to WHO’s WHO malaria report 2019, there were no global gains in reducing new infections over the period 2014 to 2018. And nearly as many people died from malaria in 2018 as the year before.

Urgent action is needed to get back on track, and ownership of the challenge lies in the hands of countries most affected by malaria. The “Zero malaria” campaign engages all members of society: political leaders who control government policy decisions and budgets; private sector companies that will benefit from a malaria-free workforce; and communities affected by malaria, whose buy-in and ownership of malaria control interventions is critical to success.

CCIDESOR posited that government must ensure increased budget for the combat of the scourge, adding that apart from the budget, the relevant bodies must follow the implementation of the budget o the letter