Sunday, 17 May 2020

THE EFFECT OF COVID 19 IN WARRI by Avwerosuoghene Odjomah

Corona virus (COVID-19) is an infectious disease that spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an affected person coughs or sneezes, it is advisable to use the elbow as a covering.
As the name implies COVID 19, ‘CO stands for corona ‘VI stands for virus and ‘D for disease and 19 represents the year of its occurrence.
The COVID -19 Pandemic is considered as the most crucial global health calamity of the century and the greatest that mankind has ever faced. Till now there is no report of any clinically approved antiviral drugs that are effective against COVID 19. The worldwide disruption caused by the COVID -19 pandemic has resulted in numerous impacts on the environment. At the onset of COVID -19 outbreak, there have been significant changes in Warri and environs thereby posing enormous health, economic, environmental, and social challenges to the entire human population.
Due to the pandemic crisis, there has been a restriction of movement all over the world aimed at curbing coronavirus infections. Our main focus is to discuss the effect of COVID – 19 in the oil-rich city of Warri
ECONOMIC CHALLENGES
Delta state government imposed a lockdown in the state, in the month of April, (which has a few numbers of the coronavirus cases). Plethora number of people observing the COVID -19 lockdown in Warri lacked the resources that their families need to keep body and soul together. In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID 19, Government has implemented social distancing measures especially in local markets where many buy their daily food, markets were to open three times a week, my question now is what about those persons that wouldn’t have the cash to visit the market on those days, do you expect them to beg?   
When asked to remain at home obviously means no source of income for some working population because most workers live from HAND TO MOUTH, i.e. what whatever comes into their hands they eat at that moment. I heard of a woman and her little daughter, who were begging just to eat. She could no longer survive at home because her daily earnings were her only source of sustenance. This crisis will be very tough for wage laborers, street vendors, and hawkers. The pandemic crisis has disrupted the buying and selling activities.
The government has put in place measures to preserve the livelihoods of workers and business owners to ensure their families get through this very difficult time by distributing tons of food to vulnerable households affected, also most vulnerable citizens would receive an amount of money to sustain them during the lockdown.  But even with these measures, the modalities for distribution are vile because there are still some vulnerable people who are suffering due to the self-centeredness of the local leaders and this could lead to workers facing a high risk of falling into poverty and will experience a greater challenge in regaining their livelihood during the recovery period.
Another issue consequential to the pandemic is the recent hike in price of face mask.
It has been recommended by the world health organization that wearing of preventive face mask could help reduce the spread of the virus. These face mask which used to be very affordable became so expensive over-night and scarce. This has led local tailors to produce face masks using Ankara and all sort of materials which is ineffective in tackling the scourge.

SOCIAL CHALLENGES
The pandemic has negatively impacted religion in various ways, including the cancellation of worship services, the closure of Sunday school in Warri. Many churches and mosques now offer worship through live stream e.g. Facebook live, Instagram live, and most recently Zoom amidst the pandemic.
Most religious organizations now dispatch disinfection supplies, face masks gloves and food to members, and others affected.
The public health crisis has disrupted thousands of occasions such as burial ceremonies, birthday celebrations, and Once-in-a-lifetime events like Weddings. Missing out on these types of once-in-a-lifetime experiences can have a negative psychological impact on individuals. The budgeted money meant to be spent on the wedding would be spent on other things.  Right now, many people are anxious and scared and being sad about missing out on an important event which can exacerbate those feelings. But when life returns to normal, those feelings will most likely disappear, especially for those who would have the resources to cope with the disappointment.
Here also, the Nigeria center for disease control (NCDC) has updated its guidance regarding group gatherings and events in light of the ongoing effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus to Social gathering, the new NCDC guidance recommends against holding any events of gatherings of 50 and with less stringent, the NCDC notes that this guideline should not be considered to apply to the ‘day to day’ operation of organizations such as schools and institutes of higher learning.
Even with consideration of 50 persons, 80% of persons still won’t go on with their occasion reason because they’ve always dreamt of having a large crowd. We have few persons that appreciate small gatherings. Others are scared of being infected with the disease so have decided to wait till everything becomes normal.
Now this guideline is meant to slow the pace of transmission and reduce the chances of introducing the virus to communities where it isn’t present but at the same time discontinued the activities of schools and churches in Warri.
This too has affected the educational system in Warri, leading to the suspension and closure of schools. Examinations like BECE, SSCE, and others are now on hold due to the crisis. And I am so convinced that there won’t be any class of 2020 for students. Now students learn online via social media to limit the disruption of education. How is that teaching effective?
SOCIAL ECONOMIC CHALLENGES
CONDOM SHORTAGE.
Condom sales have reportedly been increasing in Nigeria and Warri to be precise. There may even be a ‘COVID 19 baby boom’ some expert says, proving not everyone is actually practicing social distancing. There are some persons that have actually returned back to school in Delta state all because they wanna be with their lovers. According to them ‘KONJI’ Na bastard.
When people are being confined in their various homes away from their offices, parties and other such distractions, it leads to boredom and people are likely to catch feelings in this kind of situation. Swerving between social distancing and close cohabitation, many thousands of couples in Warri are rediscovering each other as a result of the lockdown. With this increased intimacy, many pharmacies are reporting the rising sales of condoms while some are already looking at coronavirus baby boom. This pandemic has increased intimacy among couples who, caught in their busy lives, don’t find the time to be with each other.
So while the demand for food supplies, masks, and medicines has risen, so has it for Condoms and pills.
SO TELL ME HOW HAS THE PANDEMIC AFFECTED YOU?
Tell us how you and your families are dealing with the ongoing pandemic

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