Coronavirus in Nigeria: How ready are we?

Now, Coronavirus is almost in every continent in the world. Today, the Nigerian government reported its first case, in Lagos state. The virus now is a global pandemic even though the World Health Organisation has not publicly said it. This kind of disease or virus is devesting in developing nations, the underprivileged are the ones that always take the hit. For example, Ebola virus is still a big public health issue in the Democratic Republic of Congo. There isn’t much stories about it because it has been contained in that region and its threat to the rest of the world is no more, hence the limited attention. A background about Coronavirus.

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The Underrated disease that keeps killing Nigerians!

Things are not out of hand, but there are certainly many more cases than we would expect.

Talha Burki

This disease has been dated back to the 1950s, and the virus was first described in 1969 from a case in the town of Lassa, in Borno state, Nigeria. The disease is relatively common in West African countries like Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Guinea. However, I’m going to look at Nigeria alone, as this disease and the healthcare organisations in charge of prevention and care of this disease are grinding my gears. Let’s get some clear picture of what Lassa fever is, and why it should be taken seriously.

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This Month Discussion – No. 01: Visual Impairment in Nigeria

The Topic of the Month (TOM) is visual impairment in Nigeria from employment standpoint. Living with visual impairment or/and any kind of impairment is a challenge in most African nations, but in Nigeria it’s a different kind of challenge. Last week, I was talking to a friend and brought up this topic and his first respond was ‘’those that aren’t impaired, don’t have a job. What make you think those that can’t get around without aid, can get one?’’.

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Write-cast — No. 01 | Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Nigeria.

My colleague posted about Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) last month, this got me thinking. How do people in the north-eastern Nigeria handle this disorder? Do they get any therapy or counselling from the government? Do they really suffer from PTSD? How is their mental wellbeing? And why is everyone pretending this is not a big issue? I’ll try and answer these questions and tell you a bit about the long-time consequences of ignoring this issue.

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”I’m fine” – Mental health in Nigeria| part 1

I think it’s high time we start a conversation around mental health in Nigeria. Presently, the cases of suicide, anxiety and depression are increasing rapidly, particularly among young adults. To narrow things down, the rate of depression and anxiety among students is rising every year, and nothing is being done in Nigeria. The Nigerian government and educational institutions are just sitting on their hands and ignoring the fact that students, unemployed individuals, families and everyone one else are fighting mental health issues, like depression and anxiety.

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