The Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Health, has been strengthening measures to ensure an outbreak in Nigeria is controlled and contained quickly. The multi-sectoral Coronavirus Preparedness Group, led by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has since activated its national Emergency Operations Centre and will work closely with Lagos State Health authorities to respond to this case and implement firm control measures. “I wish to assure all Nigerians that have we have been beefing up our preparedness capabilities since the first confirmation of cases in China, and we will use all the resources made available by the government to respond to this case. “We have already started working to identify all the contacts of the patient, since he entered Nigeria. Please be reminded that most people who become infected may experience only mild illness and recover easily, but it can be more severe in others, particularly the elderly and persons with other underlying chronic illnesses. All Nigerians should take care of their health and maintain hand and respiratory hygiene to protect themselves and others, including their own families, following the precautions below: 1. Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser. 2. Maintain at least 1 & half metres (5 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. 3. Persons with persistent cough or sneezing should stay home or keep a social distance, but not mix in crowd. 4. Make sure you and people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene, meaning cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or into your sleeve at the bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately. 5. Stay home if you feel unwell with symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing. Please call NCDC toll free number which is available day and night, for guidance- 0800-970000-10. Do not engage in self-medication 6. Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19 through official channels on TV and Radio, including the Lagos State Ministry of Health, NCDC and Federal Ministry of Health. Citizens must not abuse social media and indulge in spreading misinformation that causes fear and panic. The Federal Ministry of Health, through Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, will continue to provide updates and will initiate all measures required to prevent the spread of any outbreak in Nigeria,” announced Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Hon. Minister of Health. As at the time of filing this article, over 9,000 cases have been confirmed in Nigeria, over 3,000 cases have been discharged and about 300 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory, having carried out 48,544 tests. AKWA IBOM COVID-19 INDEX CASES -Dr Otobong Asuquo, a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, after recovering from the disease at Ibom Specialty Hospital. As at April 1, 2020, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed 5 cases of the disease in Akwa Ibom State, and Dr Otobong Asuquo, a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, was one of the cases. Dr Asuquo, in his detailed account after recovering from the disease at Ibom Specialist Hospital in Uyo, said he received a call immediately from the state COVID-19 team to get set that an ambulance would be coming to pick him. Different thoughts went through his mind: his dear wife, children, and when he saw how others in different parts of the world were passing away, he thought his end was near! At the isolation centre, Dr Asuquo said he enjoyed his stay because of the privacy, the modern facilities, and equipment at the hospital. “You don't know what is happening and who is in the next room. Constant water and light, it's like having the U.S. in Akwa Ibom,” he said in a video chat. He added that he was surprised to know that all the rooms there are equipped with Television sets (with DSTV) and that there's free WIFI for browsing the Internet, which made him stay updated and worked on his personal project. Although he was silent on the treatment he received that led to his recovery in less than two weeks, he was thankful to the state government for a job well done. “I want to give kudos to the Akwa Ibom State Government because I know without them, this wouldn't have been possible and also for the [COVID-19] team.” Akwa Ibom State so far has 35 active cases of the disease, with 2 deaths and 14 recoveries of which Dr Asuquo is one of them.
Twenty- five year old Entrepreneur Isaiah Aaron is on a mission to get the people of the Niger Delta begin to have a renewed fashion experience. His Clothing Business makes all kinds of wears with any fabric.
The beginning of this journey after Isaiah (The Managing Director of Aaron Danielz Concept) completed his studies in Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Akwa Ibom State. Like many graduates from that one time prestigious institution, his dreams were tall, energetic and purposeful.
Unfortunately, the Nigeria of today does not have opportunities available for most prepared young scholars to access their luck so they turn to what they can create.
With the help of his Catholic Priest elder brother, he went for an apprenticeship under a firm owned by a man who is successfully and gainfully employed by his own skills, talent and poised to get things done.
A year after the basic training and capacity building in tailoring and fashion design, he needed to be on his own. Certainly renting a shop in Uyo was an unimaginable consideration; so what next? He converted his eldest brother’s (Mike) store room to his factory partnered with two other persons with relevant skills; and business started.
“I acknowledge clothing as one of the three basic needs of Man after food and shelter, with the drive to take charge of my world I decided to engage my thinking and creative faculty. My decision to get into tailoring was in contrast to my Marine Engineering background but a still strong voice kept pushing me to go after my passion- FASHION, a very big thing for me as I used to see it on the television, newspaper and magazine. Like the biblical Moses, I had to use what was in my hand to wither the challenge ahead of me”.
Since January 2017, with family, friends and associates, Isaiah has sold about 2000 pieces of cloths and more in contemplation. He introduces mind-blowing, simple but creative design in his fashion products.
“fashion is something that is dynamic, they change with time, with the thinking of the people and according to the different classes of people. My family were my first customers and models, and through their referrals I was able to launch myself into the market. Meeting up with the orders of our customers are very challenging but we try to promote timely delivery , so that we can earn the confidence of our customers, we try to stay ahead of the game by introducing creativity in what I do”.
All going on plan, Isaiah realizes that he might not maximize his potential if he cannot acquire more equipment that will enable him get clean finishing on the cloths he makes. He approaches older colleagues in the business to assist him get some things done.
The fashion business is an innovative demanding trade, the demand for his service is increasing daily, but he has strong needs for a bigger accommodation and equipment.
“as a new entrant into the industry we try to play down on profit making rather strive for excellence, despite the challenges of more spacious accommodation, equipment and personnel cost, I appreciate the encouragement of older colleagues who give me access to their equipment that I am yet to acquire”.
Isaiah has great prospects of surviving in the business because of the range of cloths they make that cut across a wide spectrum of the society; senator wears, suits, agbada, shirts and fashionable trouser.
Isaiah will take the business to another level surmounts the challenges associated with start-ups. He hopes to pursue the dream to the point of owning a franchise that will compete with any brand in the world like Henri Pari of Italy, Yomi Casual and Mai Atafo of Lagos state.