Saturday, June 23, 2018

Ogechi Ekeanyanwu

    Children bear the brunt of Nigeria’s environmental woes

Children bear the brunt of Nigeria’s environmental woes

With the soot in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, piling garbage across cities in Nigeria, and oil spills in Lagos and Niger Delta regions, Nigeria’s children risk early death.Children are susceptible to illnesses and consequent deaths as a result of threats to the environment because of their smaller bodies, growing organs and developing immune systems.Currently, over 1.7 million children under five, worldwide, are dying [...]

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    Nigerian children deprived of their childhood, says consultant

Nigerian children deprived of their childhood, says consultant

Early childhood education refers to the period of education between birth and the first eight years of life. According to UNICEF, play and stimulation in these years can and has contributed to “breaking the cycle of poverty.It also offers an entry point and platform for improving social equity and inclusion.These early years, UNICEF says, are a period of exponential brain development; especially [...]

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    Vaccination against Ebola has commenced in Congo, says WHO

Vaccination against Ebola has commenced in Congo, says WHO

Vaccination against Ebola has begun in DR Congo where recent cases of the deadly virus resurfaced after a major outbreak in 2014.Tedros Ghebreyesus, director-general of the WHO, said this during his opening speech at the commencement of 71st World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.The WHA is the world's highest health policy setting body and is composed of health ministers from member states."I’m pleased to [...]

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    WHO calls for universal health coverage for improve health security

WHO calls for universal health coverage for improve health security

Tedros Ghebreyesus, director general of World Health Organisation (WHO), says universal health coverage is the foundation for health security and prevention of outbreaks.He said this on Monday during the second plenary meeting of the 71st World Health Assembly holding in Geneva, Switzerland.Ghebreyesus spoke about the general programme of work (GPW) of the WHO, a “five year strategic plan (that) is [...]

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    ‘They said my spirit husband was responsible for my mood swings’ — mental illnesses victim speaks

‘They said my spirit husband was responsible for my mood swings’ — mental illnesses victim speaks

In May 2016, Sam Adeyemi, senior pastor of Daystar Christian Centre, was delivering a series of Twitter lecture on sins. One of the tweets read, “sin is the root cause of mental illnesses and the foundational solution to mental illness is salvation”.Twitter went agog with two major divides - people defending his stance and people opposing his stance; fearing that [...]

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    Chased from Chibok to Lagos: How Boko Haram victims are struggling to survive

Chased from Chibok to Lagos: How Boko Haram victims are struggling to survive

Mercy Solomon is an indigene of Chibok, Borno state, a town that has come to be famous for the kidnap of 276 school girls on April 14, 2014. She sits on a white chair, dressing the hair of one of her children who she says has not been to school since the beginning of this year. Mary is reluctant to [...]

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    ‘We only drank water when it rained’ — tale of Chibok schoolgirl who spent three years in captivity

‘We only drank water when it rained’ — tale of Chibok schoolgirl who spent three years in captivity

Lydia Joshua, one of the 276 girls kidnapped at Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state, on April 14, 2014, has disclosed that during the three years she spent in the captivity, she only drank water when it rained.Joshua was among the captives released through a negotiation with the Boko Haram sect in 2017. She is now trying to adjust to [...]

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    Oko Baba, the Lagos community where newborns are bathed with hot water

Oko Baba, the Lagos community where newborns are bathed with hot water

The practice is prevalent in Oko Baba destitute home in Ebute Metta, Lagos. Neonates, delivered by untrained birth attendants who are usually older women in the community, are bathed using a cloth dipped in hot water.It is a practice that has existed as long as the community. The babies are cleaned and massaged that way to “clean the mother’s blood [...]

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    How workplace policies can increase breastfeeding rates

How workplace policies can increase breastfeeding rates

While Nigeria’s culture largely celebrates fertility, pregnancy and childbearing, there is currently little institutional investment in early child care, particularly breastfeeding. Nigeria’s rate of exclusively breastfed babies is only 23.7 percent, according to the 2016/2017 multiple Indicator Cluster Survey by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) with technical support from UNICEF. What this means, according to UNICEF, is that 5.4 million children [...]

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    How cultural beliefs, lack of support for mothers inhibit exclusive breastfeeding in Nigeria

How cultural beliefs, lack of support for mothers inhibit exclusive breastfeeding in Nigeria

Adijat Adigun, a second-time mother, sat on a white plastic chair at the Maternity Hospital, Yemetu in Ibadan, Oyo state, for a post-natal session.She curved the little crying baby on her arm, put her to her breast and listened, keenly, to the midwives and other facilitators of a lecture on what she would describe as “vital information” that helped her [...]

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    How to infuse academics in play based preschool 

How to infuse academics in play based preschool 

Play based preschools which infuses  academic into play might be the solution - a combination of child and tear her led instructions. This might placate parents who think preschoolers benefit from academic work and fit the goal of child appropriate learning.Finding the balanceHelge Wasmuth, a USA based professor of early childhood and childhood education weighs in on the discourse of [...]

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    Unrealistic expectations for some preschoolers

Unrealistic expectations for some preschoolers

The trend is worrisome and is prevalent in several high paying private schools in Nigeria. Children as young as two are given academic year goals that require rigorous concentration, a skill that is absolutely alien to them.In one school, children, ages 2-3, were expected to know and write the numbers one through to 30 after the completion of a class [...]

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    Child abuse ‘largely unreported’ in Nigeria

Child abuse ‘largely unreported’ in Nigeria

“My friend has been abusing his younger cousin,” Isaac Raputa (not real name), narrates to this reporter.“He beats this boy, applies pepper on his body and even his private parts. He beats him over every little mistake the boy or the abuser’s children make,”Raputa continues.He appears distraught himself, nearly helpless, “honestly, I don’t what to do because the abuser is [...]

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    How to develop reading culture in children

How to develop reading culture in children

Over 250 million children, worldwide, do not have the basic literacy skill. And in Nigeria, the statistics are as worrying, over four in 10 children in government primary schools cannot read and worse, over up to eight out 10 are unable to read for comprehension.Literacy, according to UNESCO, “is a driver for sustainable development in that it enables greater participation [...]

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    Travellers stranded as Delta shuts Niger bridge over LG election

Travellers stranded as Delta shuts Niger bridge over LG election

Numerous holidaymakers are stranded in Onitsha, Anambra state, as the River Niger bridge is currently closed to all road users.According to the travellers, police officers, members of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and authorities from the state government, announced to them that gate to the bridge would remain locked till 3pm because of the ongoing local government election in Delta [...]

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    How homework can negatively affect preschoolers

How homework can negatively affect preschoolers

Tears streaming down his brown little cheeks, twitching, turning and itching to stand up, Somto absolutely refuses to do his homework.“I want to play,” the two year old tells his mother who is insistent that he finishes his homework of identifying one through to 10.“I want to play,” Somto’s cries gets louder. And then a power struggle ensues.“No, you must [...]

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