In the last 2 years, we witnessed so many deaths due to COVID-19 that we hardly ever believed we could manage with. Now the burden we used to carry with us for much too long, seems to weigh less than before. While COVID-19 loses its grasp in the USA, India still suffers. But just when we’re about to think the situation can’t get any worse, we can turn to Nigeria. Being a federation of 36 states and 1 Federal Capital Territory, the country is an example of how men face life. Except for war, food, education and climate crisis, it meets COVID-19, which makes the fight absolutely devastating.
As of December 10, 2020 Nigeria entered a second COVID-19 wave, which also added fuel to the already burning conflict. In view of 70 % of Nigeria hospitals lacking running water in the toilets, it’s now even getting more complicated. Over the years, multiple organizations tried to help the country to deal with the difficulties. That includes OCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), WHO, Danish Refugee Council, Norwegian Refugee Council, UNICEF. Still due to the attacks in Nigeria’s North East Zone over 2 million people abandoned their permanent residence. The Non-State Armed Group (NSAG) rush became the reason for 1,237 individuals from 245 households to leave their homes.
Besides war issues, the social distancing and pandemic’s impact on Nigeria’s economy raised another question. Since last week, officials have launched a 24/7 free helpline to face the tripled number of mental cases. The team consists of trained psychologists and counselors, and expects a partnership of partner organizations, collaborations to join. However, struggling with a mental problem turns out to be rather personal, because Nigerians are ashamed of looking for assistance. The uncertainty associated with COVID-19 at the time caused an increase in anxiety and panic attacks. It’s amazing over 5,000 reached online counselling of the leading psychologist Aisha Abdullah only for a 1 year. Doctors should also take in mind suicidal attempts, such as any kind of negative thoughts to grow and affect men.
The drones are an important player in the COVID-19 vaccine game too. For that purpose, 2 of Nigeria’s states signed an agreement with Zipline International Inc. The San Francisco based construction company finished major hubs and distribution centres and is now obtaining approval of making deliveries in Cross River and Kaduna. With an over 200 million population, the country has administered just about 2 million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines, received in March. Obviously, that barely covers the target of inoculating 70 % of its citizens over 18 by next year.
Looking at Nigeria’s coat of arms, we wonder if there is any Unity and Faith, Peace and Progres left. We see Nigerians united only when they meet challenges of starving, forced departure from home, getting sick without cure. While faith is the only thing worthwhile, peace is a myth and progress turns out to be unachievable. Unfortunately, that’s how men face life today. But as the COVID-19 pandemic has put us all in this together, now we know global effort really matters. We could and should change the current situation only by participating in the whole process, not staying at a distance.
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