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Nigerians to Pay More Tax Amid Collapsing Health Care System And  Spike in COVID-19 Fatality

Nigerians to Pay More Tax Amid Collapsing Health Care System And Spike in COVID-19 Fatality

BY CHIMA NWAFO The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has approved additional tax with greater  impact on the lower income group hit harder by the crippling effects of the coronavirus,  which infection and fatality rates are rising even as medical workers express concern  over the inability of government to contain the ravaging pandemic. But the Federal  Government’s reaction to the plight of the frontline workers articulated during the  warning strike ofthe National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) does not show  sufficient understanding of the potential danger of the long neglected health delivery  system. On the state of affairs in the distressing healthcare system and the tribulations of  medicalworkers, Adelaja Adeoye told The Guardian: “The poor working conditions  are part of  the reasons they usually abandon Nigeria to seek greener pastures abroad, and this  makes our health sector to suffer.” A health expert noted: “Since the opening of interstate travels and increase in test  center, there has been significant daily rise in number of confirmed cases, admission and  death.The more the positive cases, the more the fix and makeshift facilities are  stretched,  so  also the available health workers. They, too, are human who must take care of their  health and so the absence of ideal or proper personal protective equipment (PPE) will  also hamper their response to work.” This understanding seems to be lacking by both the federal and state  governments given their reaction to the demands of health workers and level of investment in the health-care sector. Elsewhere in the world, in addition to adequate healthcare  system,  governments improve the working conditions of medical staff, including provision of  quality protective personal equipment and other necessary facilities as well as reducing their hours of work to reduce their level of exposure to infection. In the United Kingdom, the Prime Minister leads the campaign to enlighten the  populace on need to protect the life of healthcare staff. Organisations and individuals  engage in fundraising to support health workers. Besides, there were stimulus  packages  and palliatives to all classes of workers, private and public, not only during the  lockdown but for as long as the pandemic lasts.…

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Five Negative Implications of Overflowing Garbage Bins City Managers, Residents Must Prevent

Five Negative Implications of Overflowing Garbage Bins City Managers, Residents Must Prevent

By Chima Nwafo As the fatality and infection figures of the coronavirus pandemic continues on an upward spiral, it was curious to read that the Federal Executive Council has, at last, come up with a…

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Why Flooding Remains A Recurring Menace In Nigeria’s Urban And Coastal Areas

Why Flooding Remains A Recurring Menace In Nigeria’s Urban And Coastal Areas

By Chima Nwafo One Igbo adage translates: A scheduled war does not claim the life of a cripple. But we live in a clime where advance warning makes no difference on any aspect governance. Our…

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South-East Still Sinking With Over 2,800 Gully Erosion Sites, Eight Years After World Bank-Funded NEWMAP

South-East Still Sinking With Over 2,800 Gully Erosion Sites, Eight Years After World Bank-Funded NEWMAP

By Chima Nwafo The day power brokers realise that the Nigeria project is still a work-in-progress; the country would start a steady move towards genuine socio-economic and political development. But their attitudinal disposition gives ample…

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COVID-19 Fatality Rate In Europe: Scientists Blame Air Pollution, Likely Factor In Nigeria’s Infection Pattern

COVID-19 Fatality Rate In Europe: Scientists Blame Air Pollution, Likely Factor In Nigeria’s Infection Pattern

For a government led by a political party formed by an aggregation of disparate political groupings, it may not be a surprise that Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari has assumed an unenviable leadership in negative…

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Growing Menace Of Ecological Despoliation Federal And State Governments Brush Aside

Growing Menace Of Ecological Despoliation Federal And State Governments Brush Aside

Chima Nwafo From desert encroachment up-North, the deepening erosion in the South-east, the raging flames of gas flaring and unmitigated pollution from oil exploration activities in the Niger Delta to the seasonal flooding in the…

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Anxiety Over Mystery Deaths In Rivers Amid Pending Environmental Issues As Governors Focus On Coronavirus

Anxiety Over Mystery Deaths In Rivers Amid Pending Environmental Issues As Governors Focus On Coronavirus

By Chima Nwafo Given the Nigerian government’s contempt for history public office-holders, particularly presidents and governors, often do not bother about the verdict of posterity. But one of the greatest leaders of all-time, Winston Churchill,…

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Nigeria’s Multi-Billion Dollar WASH Projects Foreshadowed Covid-19 Demands, Now We’re Learning the Essence Of Hygiene

Nigeria’s Multi-Billion Dollar WASH Projects Foreshadowed Covid-19 Demands, Now We’re Learning the Essence Of Hygiene

BY CHIMA NWAFO Although water has always featured prominently in Nigeria’s development plans of yore and annual budgets of federal and state governments, yet the pledge of providing potable water to the citizenry remains one…

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Why Delta State Should Reject Musa’s Findings On Floating Dead Croakers

Why Delta State Should Reject Musa’s Findings On Floating Dead Croakers

By Chima Nwafo Most Nigerians – young and old, men and women – suffer from Collective Amnesia. Light-hearted folks easily attribute it to the welter of socio-economic problems weighing down on the citizenry due to…

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Health, Economic Woes Of Floating Dead Croakers Along Delta Coastline, A Challenge To Niger Delta Governors

Health, Economic Woes Of Floating Dead Croakers Along Delta Coastline, A Challenge To Niger Delta Governors

By Chima Nwafo Sometime in the mid-1980s, I read an American novel where a character is described as a man unable to recognize trouble even when it sits on his laps. Three decades on, one…