Friday, September 21, 2018

Ogechi Ekeanyanwu

    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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    The struggle to get vaccinated in IDP camps

The struggle to get vaccinated in IDP camps

In the northeast region of the country, where these camps are located, 80% of Nigerian children have not been vaccinated. It is a hot Saturday, Modu Sheriff is seated under a tree to shield him from the rays of the blistering sun in Borno state, Nigeria. He immediately volunteers to be interviewed as soon he is asked if his kids have [...]

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    Boko Haram violence, corruption and poverty: causes of poor immunisation coverage in Nigeria

Boko Haram violence, corruption and poverty: causes of poor immunisation coverage in Nigeria

On August 11, 2016, Nigeria witnessed a major setback in what had been a milestone achievement for the country: the return to the list of polio-endemic countries. In Gwoza and Jere, local government areas of Borno state, ridden by Boko Haram – one of the world’s deadliest militant groups – an outbreak of polio re-occurred. The disease paralysed two children. This [...]

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    How poverty, ignorance hinders vaccine coverage

How poverty, ignorance hinders vaccine coverage

Kemi Chukwu battles with the tears in her eyes that are just determined to drop. She wipes them furiously with her arms, her voice throaty from her sobs as she recalls, vividly, the death of her baby.“The time my baby died, she was just four years old. I had money at the time, so I gave her all that she needed,” [...]

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    Two years after ban, FGM still rampant in Nigeria

Two years after ban, FGM still rampant in Nigeria

“Circumcising her will enable her to control this (sexual) urge so she can stay with her husband without jumping from one man to another,” Muniyat Lamidi rationalises female genital mutilation (FGM).A petty trader in Oyo, one of the south-west states with a high prevalence of female genital mutilation, Lamidi is adamant and convinced that a woman’s sexuality should be guided, tamed [...]

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    Lost dignity — Otodo Gbame residents recount tales of woe

Lost dignity — Otodo Gbame residents recount tales of woe

Otodo Gbame is now a world totally removed from its former self where shanties were held steady by bamboo sticks and fish traps peeped out of the Lagoons.The once lived in community has now been replaced by the fast construction of what is looking like a luxurious estate.It is now devoid of its people, over 30,000 of them who are [...]

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    Ignorance, stigma… challenges in the management of Autism in Nigeria

Ignorance, stigma… challenges in the management of Autism in Nigeria

“Everything she does is magic” is a hashtag created by one mum, Chizoba Peters, for her child who is on the autism spectrum.On this Saturday afternoon, the blistering sun rays connived with Lagos humidity to drive most people under a shade, but Peters would not budge. She had just finished an intensive Zumba workout session with the sole aim of [...]

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    Mother of four recounts how she successfully overcame breast cancer

Mother of four recounts how she successfully overcame breast cancer

“It was in 2013. I had this swelling under my armpit, so I went to a private hospital and was wrongly diagnosed there. Then, I was really big… the doctor told me it was a fatty tissue.”Those were the words of Caroline Obayuwana, a breast cancer survivor, as she recounted her excruciating experience in the hands of the ailment.She had [...]

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    Despite restriction on antimalarial resistant drugs – they are still used to treat malaria

Despite restriction on antimalarial resistant drugs – they are still used to treat malaria

With about 100 million cases and 300,000 malaria deaths annually, Nigeria has the highest burden of malaria in the world.The statistics are shocking and are as a result of a number of factors including lack of resources, weak political commitment and a lack of communication and ignorance of the causes and how to prevent malaria, a source who spoke under [...]

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    UNICEF: 117 children used in Boko Haram attacks since 2014

UNICEF: 117 children used in Boko Haram attacks since 2014

117 children have been used in Boko Haram suicide attacks since 2014, UNICEF has said in a new report released on Wednesday."In the first three months of this year, the number of children used in bomb attacks is nearly the same as the whole of last year – this is the worst possible use of children in conflict,” says Marie-Pierre Poirier, [...]

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    WHO: What to do when you are feeling depressed

WHO: What to do when you are feeling depressed

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says adolescence and young adulthood can be a stressful period so has put out a list of to dos in case depression sets in.Depression is an illness characterized by sadness, loss of interest in activities that were formally enjoyable and inability to carry out daily activities for at least two weeks.WHO also says depression usually [...]

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    Many states on high alert as meningitis death toll rises to 438

Many states on high alert as meningitis death toll rises to 438

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says the death toll from the dreaded meningitis disease has risen to 438 from the 336 it was three days ago.Many states across the country have put health workers on alert, and have also been sensitising residents on measures to adopt in order to avoid the disease.NCDC said so far, 3,959 cases have [...]

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