-By Sanmi Falobi

These are indeed times of uncertainties as the Coronavirus pandemic rages on. When shall things normalise? Next month, in two months, six months? Some projections estimate that we shall continue to deal with the diversity of COVID-19 pandemic well into 2021.

Suddenly, our year 2020 projections and goals are on ‘lockdown’ due to the related socio-economic disruptions and displacements caused by the import of the Coronavirus pandemic.

I digress. Let’s relate with this old fable:According to the tale, there was once a tourist who was startled by the sight of some Elephants who were held by a tiny rope during a pre-circus show. The sight before him was that two huge creatures were held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages, no bars.It was obvious that the elephants could, at any time, break away from their bonds, but for some reasons, they did not.

Fascinated, the tourist approached one of the circus handlers nearby and asked why the animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away.

“Well,” the handler said, “when they are very young and much smaller, we used this same size of rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. Initially they tried to break free but the rope held them back. So as they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

The tourist was stunned. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were, controlled by a strand of rope they could easily break apart.

The reality: Like the elephants, this is how many of us have allowed the social construct around the Coronavirus pandemic to rob us of our goals and aspirations.

Sure, we are experiencing lockdown restrictions and are constrained to #workathome, #staysafe and maintain #socialdistancing, yet, the lockdown provided some opportunities for #skillsdevelopment, #selfdevelopment, #selfdiscovery, #selfappraisal, #familybonding, #familydevotion, #virtuallearning, #reinvention, #refocusing, #reengineering, #readjustments, #re-envisioning, #repacking, #re-ordering, #re-learning, #re-appraisal, #re-positioning, #realisation, #re-organisation, #re-aligning, #rethinking, #reflecting, #reshaping, #innovations, #creativity, #etc.Sure, the realities we are faced with is to #STAYSAFE, even as #postcovid realities of #survival, #financialsustainability, #jobloss, #salarycut#dwindlingincome, #shutdown#familystress and #emotionaltruama remain issues to deal with.

So what has been learnt and not learnt? What new #skills and #resources do you have and can you use to survive the #postcovid challenges?What new #prospect? What new #project? What new #capabilities? What new #possibilities? What new #abilities? What new #ideas? What new #strategy? What new #talents? What new #ventures. What new #enterprise? What new #creativity? What new #innovations?

Whatever it is, let’s apply, the challenges and pressures notwithstanding.

© Sanmi Falobi @ SUCCESSTACT. May 2020. #SUCCESSTACT

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COVID-19 coverage: Survey shows poor safety of journalists

By sdnonline

Journalists covering the Covid-19 pandemic in Nigeria have said they lack sufficient protection and are not adequately catered for.

The journalists disclosed this in a survey conducted by a group of media and civil society groups between April 27 and May  1,  2020 “to assess the support available to journalists for their safety in covering the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.”

The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ), Enough isEnough (EiENigeria), International Press Centre (IPC), the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), and Premium Times Centre forInvestigative Journalism (PTCIJ), commissioned the survey following perceptions that journalists were being exposed to danger in the course of covering the pandemic.
A total of 463 male and female journalists participated in the survey. They included correspondents, reporters, editors, freelancers and presenters from 73 print, broadcast and online media across 33 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
Of the 463 respondents, 65 percent said their employers had not provided them with any support during assignment while only 35 percent said they had been provided with some form of support.
The survey revealed that the topmost needs of journalists covering theCovid-19 pandemic are:
Additional monetary allowance separate from salary and payment of outstanding salaries by owing employers;Special Covid-19 coverage insurance package;Specialized training on COVID-19 reporting;Provision of face masks; andProvision of specialized equipment to enable social distancing while on the field.

Concerned about the poor attention to the safety and welfare of journalists covering the pandemic as revealed by the survey, the organizations in a signed statement by the Executive Director, IPC, Lanre Arogundade called on media owners and managers to:
Widen the scope of their support to ensure that reporters on the field are adequately insured and financially empowered while those owing salaries should have them paid;Establish workplace policy and follow the same to equip their journalists with specialized and personal protective equipment including for observation of social distancing while on the field;Provide training to journalists on how to crowd source information for their stories without having to necessarily go to the field; andExplore technological options for interviews while in-house infrastructure should be put in place to ensure the safety of employees and guests (particularly for broadcast media) in line with the safety advisory of the government and health authorities.

They also enjoined freelance journalists to take advantage of reporting grants and other opportunities to procure personal protective equipment while covering the pandemic.
The six organizations also charged media development, civil society groups and other stakeholders to lead campaigns and advocacies for the safety of and support for journalists covering the Covid-19 pandemic.

COVID-19: Food that boosts immunity

-By SDNonline reporter-

As the scourge of the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the world, and scientists are working to produce vaccines and drugs, experts have advised that people should focus on food that would boost their immune system to withstand the infection.

At a webinar organized  by Ovie Brume Foundation, Youth Empowerment Foundation and Aliko Dangote Foundation, the nutritionists explained that balanced diet at this period would aid in reducing the malnutrition level in the country, especially among children. The webinar entitled, ‘Building Immunity through Nutrition: A Larger Picture for Preventing COVID-19 Infections’ was moderated by the Executive Director, Ovie Brume Foundation, Adeola Awogbemi.

According to Dr. F.T. Aminu, Director, Nutrition and Health, Aliko Dangote Foundation, immune system is the best medicine for now to combat the pandemic saying, “we must build our immunity through food.”

He declared that people need nutrients such as Vitamin C, E, A, D, B6, B12, zinc to keep healthy at this period. He noted that while there are supplements for the nutrients, he however maintained that they could also be gotten from food sources.

“We can get vitamin A from egg, carrot; vitamin C from orange; vitamin D from sardine, fortified milk, sunshine; vitamin E from almonds, sunflower oil, alvocado; vitamin B12/from beef, mackerel, tuber (boil tuber with the back and after cooking then peel); folic acid from lettuce, spinach, fortified bread; zinc from oyster, yoghurt, beef; copper from oyster, cashew nut; Celsius from tuna, pork, wheat bread,” he said.

Aminu admitted that in spite the pandemic, people must keep going and so, government, individuals must consider what they are feeding, noting that lack of these food or nutrients in meals, can lead to malnutrition and there will be problem to fight the infection

“If you don’t have those micro nutrient it will lead to malnutrition. Many children are now malnourished. We have to take care of them, those ones can’t survive coronavirus if they have it. We have to manage acute malnourishment in our society,” he said.

While advocating the use of safe, clean water especially in regular hand washing and drinking, Aminu said, “Food fortification is very important. Poverty along the line will make many not to have access to the micro nutrients. Beyond COVID-19, health system, market system must work together. Your safety is now your responsibility.’

Speaking on ” How to address COVID-19 at household level,”Mrs. Iwalola Akin-Jimoh, Executive Secretary, Youth Empowerment Foundation said there is no food or diet that can prevent the virus but, to improve our immunity.

While explaining that food hygiene is better controlled at the household level, she advised that people should eat at home.

“On pregnant women, research shows that the virus cannot pass from mother to child and it is not found in the breast milk. There should be exclusive breast feeding, pregnant women should go for their antenatal session. For mothers who are in isolation, NCDC has guidelines for them. For mothers who have COVID-19 and strong enough to breastfeed, they should wear PPE or facemask, express breast milk.

“Safe disposal of faeces is a very big problem in our country. Community that operates open defecations is a very huge problem,” she said.

For front-liners including health workers and carers, Akin-Jimoh advised super food for them. This include orange, green pepper, carrot, dairy products, legumes, zinc, sardines, mackerel.

On tips for good diet, she said, “eat lots of fruits and vegetables, cut on salt and sugar intake, drink water regularly, two litres of water daily,  limit consumption of alcohol, exercise regularly, reduce/manage stress and avoid food that causes allergy.”

COVID-19 Children Story Board

Though we are all affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the lockdown and resultant compulsory holiday mean different things to children.

What are perspectives and the experience of the Coronavirus lockdown for the children? Here are some expressions and perspectives!

Read on @ COVID-19 Children Story Board https://sdnonline.net/portfolio/story-board/