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Nigeria Senate President laud Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, SMEDAN for made in Aba Trade Fair.

November 17, (THEWILL) – Senate President Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan has commended the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, for organising the 8th edition of Made-In-Aba Trade Fair in conjunction with the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) in Abuja.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Senator Lawan applauded the organisers and the exhibitors, stressing that “this fair is a salutary reminder of what is expected of the people”.

The senate president, who was represented by Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, emphasised the fact that such fairs have the potential to generate foreign exchange and create jobs for the people.

Senator Lawan, however, noted that aside government interventions, one thing that is seriously needed is the right environment for business people to operate.

Expressing satisfaction with the success of the fair, Lawan said, “The nation is proud of all participants. Your efforts are admirable. However, you people should try to be more innovative”.

In his remark, the senate majority leader, Senator Yahaya Abdullah, also commended Abaribe for the laudable initiative.

In his response, Senator Abaribe stated that he was glad they were able to surmount the pressure of COVID-19, which stopped them from hosting the event in 2020.

Expressing his appreciation to SMEDAN, Abaribe said “I thank SMEDAN as our partner since 2013. We have always had the required support. We also thank the exhibitors. The exhibitors are able to surmount all the difficulties of leaving the South East to come to Abuja”.

When we talk about constituency projects, Nigerians always have doubts. I want to say that the Made-In-Aba fair is one of the zonal intervention projects run by the National Assembly,” Abaribe said.

“I am happy to hear that it is an annual event. We pray that the event will continue,” Senator Yahaya noted.

In his goodwill message, the senate chief whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, commended the promoters of Made-In-Aba fair saying it is the right step in the right direction.

Senator Kalu said, “I thank Abaribe for bringing our men and women from Aba to Abuja. I hope the fair will not stop. Made-In-Aba can solve a lot of problems. I urge the federal government to provide electricity”.

Also speaking, the honourable minister of state, mines and steel, Dr Uchechukwu Oga, who described Aba people as “great people with great ingenuity,” said Aba people have everything required to grow the economy in Aba. Dr Oga also reasoned that the fair’s exhibitors can have shared prosperity in the industry.

Commending SMEDAN and the honourable minister of industry, trade and investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, for their unalloyed support to see that the Aba fair keeps running,

Dr Oga said: “This trade fair is for us to think out of the box and also for us to create a better craft in the state”.

“Aba can take care of this nation in terms of leather works. This event will become a national event. We will support Abaribe anyhow. The Minister of Trade has done so much for the encouragement of trade in Aba. I also thank SMEDAN for continuing the project.”

In his speech, the director-general of SMEDAN, Dr Dikko Umaru Radda, emphasised that the Made-In-Aba fair has a positive effect on connecting the local players with the outside world

According to Radda, the programme aims to expose entrepreneurs from Aba businesses cluster for further development and standardisation of their products to meet national and international markets.

“The fair is a veritable platform for nurturing local entrepreneurial capabilities, even as MSMEs constitute the primary source of new jobs in the economy as well as play a critical role as a safety net for the bulk of the population,” Radda said.

Radda equally disclosed that MSMEs clusters in Aba have already considered the fair as an annual tradition, always looking forward to the event, adding that his agency is responsible for the development and promotion of MSMEs in the country.

The DG listed advantages of the fair to include attraction of customers, building brand image, creating public awareness, appreciating and promoting homemade goods and services, and more.

It was a beehive of activities on the 9th of November, 2021, during the opening ceremony of the 8th Made-In-Aba Trade Fair. The event held at the FCT Sports Complex, Garki, Abuja, from 9th November, 2021 to 13th November, 2021, attracting designers of Aba-made bags, shoes, belts clothings, bed liners, duvets, solar system accessories, beauty accessories, Senator’s suites amongst other products.

No fewer than 79 firms exhibited their Aba-made products on the first day of the fair. Some of the companies that exhibited their products at the fairground include Cemeviuc Global Ventures, Padic Global Nigeria, Rossy Julie Ventures, Prince Global Designers, Ojaik Concept, De Gold Attraction, Chibest Exclusive Designs, Mikky Fashion, and Ejipee Enterprises.

Others are Commy Fashion and Design, Emerenwa Collection, Goodies World, Vic-Pacis Outfit, and Adic Designs.

WHO, faith partners and national governments –supporting national responses to COVID-19

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The pandemic has highlighted the importance of partnerships in responding to health emergencies. The WHO Information Network for Epidemics (EPI-WIN) team is spotlighting partnerships between WHO, faith partners and national governments in the global conference Strengthening National Responses to Health Emergencies co-hosted with Religions for Peace.

The conference looks at the diverse contributions of faith partners in the COVID-19 response including providing spiritual care, working with national governments and WHO to support national responses, and their instrumental work advocating for vaccine equity, access and uptake.

In October four events took place regarding spiritual care during times of crisis. Panelists from around the world came together to share experiences and lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic – including experiences working as chaplains, in palliative care, providing spiritual and mental health care, and from providing social care within communities. The events drew attention to the broad and impactful role faith leaders, organizations, and communities have played during this critical time. 

The newly published World Health Organization strategy for engaging religious leaders, faith-based organizations and faith communities in health emergencies outlines the commitment to continue working together so that more people are better protected and enjoying better health and well-being. The strategy is a milestone for strengthening collaboration and national responses, the importance of which was demonstrated in country case studies also highlighted during the conference.

Kenya and Zimbabwe case studies explored the innovative ways in which these three actors work together to address misinformation and mistrust, communication, psychological, mental and social needs, promotion of protective measures, vaccine access and uptake.

Vivian Mugarisi, Communication Officer, WCO Zimbabwe moderating during the Zimbabwe case study session of the global conference

In Kenya, places of worship are reported as one of the most trusted sources of information. Recognizing that faith partners are at the heart of the response the Kenyan government initiated the establishment of the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya. Dr. Salim Hussein, Head of Primary Health Care, Kenya Ministry of Health noted that “a lot of implementations would not have been possible if partners of the religious fraternity had not been complementary to us [the Ministry of Health].”

By working together, faith partners, WHO and the MOH, protect and save lives as places of worship and health facilities adhere to protocols and guidelines, health messages are technically accurate and tailored to different faiths, and communities are engaged, including for vaccination.

Together WHO, the MOH, UNICEF and faith partners in Zimbabwe hosted a series of trainings for faith leaders and communities. Reverend Dr Kenneth Mtata, General Secretary of Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC), explained that “We have learnt a lot from this [pandemic]. We need to redefine and strengthen the relationship between faith-based organizations, WHO, UNICEF and MOH because we have a lot to do in common.

The new WHO strategy seeks to support this intention to strengthen collaboration both now, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact communities around the world, and in the future as we collectively prepare for other health crises.

Recordings of the conference session can be accessed here. For further information about WHO’s overall work engaging with faith partners click here.

Are antibiotics effective in prevention or treatment of Covid-19?

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Antibiotics do not work against viruses; they only work on bacterial infections. COVID-19 is caused by a virus, so antibiotics do not work. Antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment of COVID-19.

In hospitals, physicians will sometimes use antibiotics to prevent or treat secondary bacterial infections which can be a complication of COVID-19 in severely ill patients. They should only be used as directed by a physician to treat a bacterial infection.

How long does it take to develop symptoms?

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The time from exposure to COVID-19 to the moment when symptoms begin is, on average, 5-6 days and can range from 1-14 days. This is why people who have been exposed to the virus are advised to remain at home and stay away from others, for 14 days, in order to prevent the spread of the virus, especially where testing is not easily available.

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I want to find out if I had Covid-19 in the past, what test could I take?

Antibody tests can tell us whether someone has had an infection in the past, even if they have not had symptoms. Also known as serological tests and usually done on a blood sample, these tests detect antibodies produced in response to an infection. In most people, antibodies start to develop after days to weeks and can indicate if a person has had past infection. Antibody tests cannot be used to diagnose COVID-19 in the early stages of infection or disease but can indicate whether or not someone has had the disease in the past.

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What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

Both isolation and quarantine are methods of preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Quarantine is used for anyone who is a contact of someone infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, whether the infected person has symptoms or not. Quarantine means that you remain separated from others because you have been exposed to the virus and you may be infected and can take place in a designated facility or at home. For COVID-19, this means staying in the facility or at home for 14 days.

Isolation is used for people with COVID-19 symptoms or who have tested positive for the virus. Being in isolation means being separated from other people, ideally in a medically facility where you can receive clinical care.  If isolation in a medical facility is not possible and you are not in a high risk group of developing severe disease, isolation can take place at home. If you have symptoms, you should remain in isolation for at least 10 days plus an additional 3 days without symptoms. If you are infected and do not develop symptoms, you should remain in isolation for 10 days from the time you test positive. 

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What should i do if i have exposed myself to someone who has Covid-19?

If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you may become infected, even if you feel well.

After exposure to someone who has COVID-19, do the following:

  • Call your health care provider or COVID-19 hotline to find out where and when to get a test.
  • Cooperate with contact-tracing procedures to stop the spread of the virus.
  • If testing is not available, stay home and away from others for 14 days.
  • While you are in quarantine, do not go to work, to school or to public places. Ask someone to bring you supplies.
  • Keep at least a 1-metre distance from others, even from your family members.
  • Wear a medical mask to protect others, including if/when you need to seek medical care.
  • Clean your hands frequently.
  • Stay in a separate room from other family members, and if not possible, wear a medical mask.
  • Keep the room well-ventilated.
  • If you share a room, place beds at least 1 metre apart.
  • Monitor yourself for any symptoms for 14 days. 
  • Stay positive by keeping in touch with loved ones by phone or online, and by exercising at home.

If you live in an area with malaria or dengue fever, seek medical help if you have a fever. While travelling to and from the health facility and during medical care, wear a mask, keep at least a 1-metre distance from other people and avoid touching surfaces with your hands. This applies to adults and children. Read our malaria and COVID-19 Q&A for more information. 

What test should I get to know if I have Covid-19?

In most situations, a molecular test is used to detect SARS-CoV-2 and confirm infection. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is the most commonly used molecular test. Samples are collected from the nose and/or throat with a swab. Molecular tests detect virus in the sample by amplifying viral genetic material to detectable levels. For this reason, a molecular test is used to confirm an active infection, usually within a few days of exposure and around the time that symptoms may begin. 

Learn more about what kind of COVID-19 tests are available

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What about rapid tests?

Rapid antigen tests (sometimes known as a rapid diagnostic test – RDT) detect viral proteins (known as antigens). Samples are collected from the nose and/or throat with a swab. These tests are cheaper than PCR and will offer results more quickly, although they are generally less accurate. These tests perform best when there is more virus circulating in the community and when sampled from an individual during the time they are most infectious. 

– Learn more about rapid diagnostic test

How can we protect others and ourselves if we don’t know has Covid-19?

Stay safe by taking some simple precautions, such as physical distancing, wearing a mask, especially when distancing cannot be maintained, keeping rooms well ventilated, avoiding crowds and close contact, regularly cleaning your hands, and coughing into a bent elbow or tissue. Check local advice where you live and work. Do it all!

Read our public advice page for more information. 

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When should i gat a test for Covid-19?

Anyone with symptoms should be tested, wherever possible. People who do not have symptoms but have had close contact with someone who is, or may be, infected may also consider testing – contact your local health guidelines and follow their guidance.  

While a person is waiting for test results, they should remain isolated from others. Where testing capacity is limited, tests should first be done for those at higher risk of infection, such as health workers, and those at higher risk of severe illness such as older people, especially those living in seniors’ residences or long-term care facilities.

what happens to people who get Covid-19?

Among those who develop symptoms, most (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing hospital treatment. About 15% become seriously ill and require oxygen and 5% become critically ill and need intensive care.

Complications leading to death may include respiratory failure, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), sepsis and septic shock, thromboembolism, and/or multiorgan failure, including injury of the heart, liver or kidneys.

In rare situations, children can develop a severe inflammatory syndrome a few weeks after infection. 

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Who is most at risk of sever illness from Covid-19?

People aged 60 years and over, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart and lung problems, diabetes, obesity or cancer, are at higher risk of developing serious illness. 

However, anyone can get sick with COVID-19 and become seriously ill or die at any age. 

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Are there long-term effect of Covid -19?

Some people who have had COVID-19, whether they have needed hospitalization or not, continue to experience symptoms, including fatigue, respiratory and neurological symptoms.

WHO is working with our Global Technical Network for Clinical Management of COVID-19, researchers and patient groups around the world to design and carry out studies of patients beyond the initial acute course of illness to understand the proportion of patients who have long term effects, how long they persist, and why they occur.  These studies will be used to develop further guidance for patient care.  

what is Covid-19?

COVID-19

is the disease caused by a new coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2.  WHO first learned of this new virus on 31 December 2019, following a report of a cluster of cases of ‘viral pneumonia’ in Wuhan, People’s Republic of China.

what are the symptoms of Covid-19?

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Fatigue

Other symptoms that are less common and may affect some patients include:

  • Loss of taste or smell,
  • Nasal congestion,
  • Conjunctivitis (also known as red eyes)
  • Sore throat,
  • Headache,
  • Muscle or joint pain,
  • Different types of skin rash,
  • Nausea or vomiting,
  • Diarrhea,
  • Chills or dizziness.

Symptoms of severe COVID‐19 disease include:

  • Shortness of breath,
  • Loss of appetite,
  • Confusion,
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest,
  • High temperature (above 38 °C).

Other less common symptoms are:

  • Irritability,
  • Confusion,
  • Reduced consciousness (sometimes associated with seizures),
  • Anxiety,
  • Depression,
  • Sleep disorders,
  • More severe and rare neurological complications such as strokes, brain inflammation, delirium and nerve damage.
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People of all ages who experience fever and/or cough associated with difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure, or loss of speech or movement should seek medical care immediately. If possible, call your health care provider, hotline or health facility first, so you can be directed to the right clinic.