…As Don says Nigerian COVID-19, strengthens ties, bonding among children and parents***
Nigeria on Wednesday reported 389 confirmed new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of confirmed infections in the country to 8,733.
The figure is the highest daily cases so far reported since the beginning of the outbreak in the country.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on its official twitter handle, said that five deaths were also recorded.
The NCDC says one new state, Kogi, has reported a case in the last 24 hours.
The health agency said that this takes the country’s total infections to 8,733, out of which 2,501 have been discharged, with 254 deaths.
NCDC data showed that the cases were spread across 22 states and with Lagos accounting for the highest number of infections for the day with 256 cases.
Others were: Katsina (23), Edo (22), Rivers (14), Kano(13), Adamawa (11), Akwa Ibom (11), Kaduna(7), Kwara (6), Nasarawa (6), Gombe (2), Plateau (2), Abia (2), Delta (2), Benue (2), Niger (2), Kogi (2), Oyo (2), Imo (1), Borno (1), Ogun (1), Anambra (1).
The NCDC said that to date, 2,501 patients have been discharged and 254 deaths were recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The health agency said that most of those who died were associated with comorbidities, it found out that three out of four of those who have been discharged were without comorbidities.
“This is consistent with the fact that risks are higher for those with other illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes and other chronic non- communicable diseases.
“There is a general reduction in mortality trend and continuous improvement in recoveries as shown in discharges compared to the increase in the number of confirmed cases,” the agency said.
In another development, Prof. Adams Onuka, an education evaluation expert, University of Ibadan, says COVID -19 pandemic has done tremendous good to family settings, providing closer relationships between parents and their wards.
Onuka stated this in an interview while speaking on the 2020 Children’s day.
He said that such advantages presented by the effect of COVID-19 could be seen in terms of strengthened family ties, rebuilding family cohesion and parents taking up their roles of being the primary educator/teacher of their children.
“The parents’ participation in online learning to enhance their own digital compliance and to also guide their wards in learning, whether in their school initiated digital learning programmes or from some other learning resources has brought closer ties.
”There’s the possibility that we will be able to make up for the negative effects of COVID -19 in the immediate post-COVID -19.
“There are equally several challenges facing the use of this new normal that is likely to remain even in the post-COVID-19 era.
“These challenges include instability in power supply, the fact that public school teachers and children may not have the capacity to take advantage of the new normal.
“Also, the facilities for sustainability are not readily available, the rural and the urban poor populations are likely to be left behind unless all public authorities take the necessary steps and reorder our national and sub-national priorities.
“Good enough, if the two levels of sub-national authorities, particularly the local government will take advantage of the new executive order, granting financial autonomy to them, to prioritise education, then we shall be able to make headway in a new way, whether on-site or off-site,” he said.
Onwuka said that teachers could also take advantage of the period of this lockdown to up their digital teaching prowess through many available webinars.
He said that children were the future of the globe and liked interacting with their peers on one and to interactively learn in competition with one another.
“However, good enough, they also like to watch cartoons and seem to understand and be able to decipher the content of the cartoons better than adults.
“The latter is possible because they are digital natives.
“So, although they have been temporarily cut off from their peers, they are nevertheless, being kept busy with watching cartoons, some educational programs and others,” he said