VOICE OF THE VULNERABLES VISITS DE MARILLAC CENTRE (HOME OF STREET CHILDREN)IN DIOBU PORT HARCOURT

ON THE 29TH MAY, 2020, AT EXACTLY 11:00AM.

ITEMS DONATED TO THE CENTRE ARE AS FOLLOWS:

GARRI (3 BAGS -5 KG)

RICE (2 BAGS -5KG)

BEANS (3 BAGS – 5KG)

GINO TOMATO MIX (1 CARTON)

CWAY WATER (1 PACK)

75 CL GROUNDNUT OIL (3 BOTTLES)

WHOLE WHEAT MEAL (2PACKS)

1 CARTON OF INDOMIE.

We were welcomed by the Street Children and then a welcome address by the Representative of Our Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent The paul, an initiative in the Catholic Church family. We got an instruction: “NO VIDEOS”, but pictures are allowed, because of the sensitivity of putting out the faces or images of the Street Children. The Centre is headed by Reverend Sr. Josephine. And we had about seven (7) Care takers during the sensitization and over forty-seven (47) in attendance.

Rev.Sr. Josephine, Head, De Marillac Centre (Home Of Street Children) at the midlde , excited by the visit of Voice Of The Vulnerables

OPENING REMARK: AMB. SMITH NWOKOCHA: Thanked the Children for welcoming the Team of the Voice of The Vulnerables. In his words, we are here to identify with the vulnerable and we see you all as family. The essence of our presence is not only to support you with palliatives in form of Food items, but to also sensitize you on the dreaded trending global virus (coronavirus/COVID-19). This global pandemic has killed over millions of people have died out of being affected by the virus. So, we came with Experts, a Medical Doctor (Dr. Grace), with other knowledgeable Volunteers to share some insights on COVID-19, that will you all stay safe. The good news is that, you are secured here, since you are not moving outside. As at 25th May, 2020, was AFRICA DAY and The Greatest in Africa were celebrated including Heroes of Africa, that’s the reason, I am wearing a shirt that has African Slogan on it and my Face Mask is African designed. Finally, “You are all exceptional and become great leaders in the near future, just be sure, you are respectful, humble and willing to learn, a quick story, “if an individual could come out of the Correction centre and become a President of  a Country (Nigeria), then nothing should stop you from becoming more than a President”. Do not let your situation define you. I see Great Men and Women here. God bless you all, thank you. WE WANT TO SPECIALLY THANK ALL THOSE THAT SUPPORTED US, OUR PARTNERS AND DONORS, GOD BLESS THEM THE MORE!

Amb. Smith Nwokocha, during his Opening Remarks

DR. GRACE (A MEDICAL DOCTOR): An amazing Volunteer, Voice Of The Vulnerables; She lectured on the impact of Corona Virus, the consequences ignoring the existence of COVID-19 and General, but Medical Application to prevent COVID-19. She advised the Children and Youths (Street Children) to be very careful and always wash their hands regularly with running water, she equally emphasized that, they should avoid touching their mouth, nose or face, because touching could lead to a passage of allowing the virus into their body. Dr. Grace, demonstrated in real time, how to wash hands and how to use an Alcohol based Hand Sanitizer, including the proper use of Face Mask. She also pointed how important it is to Social Distance, when they are around people. One very important thing said, was that these measures don’t prevent COVID-19 alone, but other diseases.

Ddr. Grace (Medical Doctor), sensitizing the Children and Youths of De Marillac Centre

,AMB. FAITH OMALU: A Social Worker and a Volunteer of Voice of The Vulnerables; share an insightful thought by encouraging the Children and Youths, that they should ignore their background and know that, their background cannot stop them from becoming what they plan to be in Life. There ways to achieve a Goal; 1. Long-term Goal and 2. Short-term Goal. Long -term goals are what we plan to achieve in the future, while short-term goals are the steps, we take to achieve the long-term goals. Prayer is also very essential in our daily living, she advised, always put God in the picture of your agenda; you can achieve your dreams through hard-work and prayer. Remember to study hard, write down your plans.

Amb. Faith Omalu, motivating the Children and Youths of De Marilac centre

AMB. JOSEPH NWIBARA: A Noble Volunteer of Voice of The Vulnerables; He pointed out the Life of Christianity and that God is what we need to grow, we can’t do without God, we can’t achieve anything without God. He encouraged the children and youths to read the Bible daily, pray regularly and say the Rosary and of course emulate the examples of the Saints. In his words: “Your Religious Life is very Important and when you emulate the Saints, they will intercede for you”.

Amb. Joseph Nwibara emphasizing on Christianity Lifestyle as rewarding

Q & A SESSION:

Most of the questions where directed to the Medical Doctor (Dr. grace), which is expected anyway.

Question 1: Is COVID-19, an Air-borne disease?

ANSWER (DR): No, rather, it is transmitted through droplets and some persons can’t talk or cough without salivating, and wouldn’t even cover their mouth, so if that happens, you could get the virus, if the person is affected.

QUESTION 2: How long does the virus last on a surface?

ANSWER (DR): Research is still on-going to know the duration.

QUESTION 3: Why should we put on Face Mask?

ANSWER (DR): To prevent yourself from the next person, just in case the person is a carrier, because, people can be careless.

QUESTION 4: Is there a Mask recommended for COVID-19 or any material used for covering the face is okay?

ANSWER (DR): Surgical Masks are recommended, but when using the Fabric Mask, ensure you wash it daily by sterilizing it with hot water.

QUESTION 5: Why can’t Surgical Mask be washed?

ANSWER (DR): Its initial purpose was for surgery and it’s not re-useable. Also, the Face Mask is very expensive now, since the outbreak of COVID-19 and rare to see.

QUESTION 6: Can one iron the Surgical Mask?

ANSWER (DR): No, but you can put it in between a cloth and iron it.

Q & A

QUESTION 7: Why is Surgical Mask expensive?

ANSWER (DR): The demand is high.

QUESTION 8: Why are the NCDC showing just figures of victim’s of COVID-19 in Nigeria, and why are the Isolation Centres in Nigeria empty, while U.S CDC for instance, shows names and figures of victims?

ANSWER (DR): Doctors are not meant to disclose the secret or even ailments of there Patients or reveal their identities. Isolation Centre being empty, the case of Kano right.

QUESTION 9: If such persons (victims of COVID-19) are shown on Television, it will enable easy tracking, tracing and testing, because will know the victims and his close associates and they will want to be tested as well. Why are we not doing this in Nigeria?

ANSWER 9 (DR): That will aid easy tracing right, but to avoid Stigmatization, because of our culture, the person’s identity is kept secret, and, in most cases, they will run away.

QUESTION 10: Can Mask be shared?

ANSWER (DR): No, it is for your personal use.

QUESTION 11: We cover Nose and Mouth with the Face Mask, why not include the Eye?

ANSWER (DR): The nose and mouth are easier entrance for droplets, but if you are in an environment where there is a suspected case, you cover everywhere.

QUESTION 12: If you share toilet with a positive victim of COVID-19, will you contract it?

ANSWER (DR): No

QUESTION 13: if you touch the head of a tap or running tap, before washing your hands, will you still contract the deadly coronavirus?

ANSWER (DR): Yes, but to prevent it, close the tap with your elbow or pour water on the tap before closing.

QUESTION 14: Are you to wear the blue side of the Surgical Mask out or the white part out?

ANSWER (DR): You wear the blue side out; it has protective veil.

Question 15: Can one wear the Nose Mask just to cover the Nose without the covering the Mouth, since, it is called Nose Mask?

ANSWER (DR): No, the right name is FACE MASK, because it covers both your Nose and Mouth.

Thank you so much.

Closing Prayer by Amb. Joseph and the Children also prayed for us and gave remarks of appreciation.

Group pictures 1

Group pictures 2

TEAM VOICE OF THE VULNERABLES WITH STAFF OF DE MARILLAC CENTRE (HOME OF STREET CHILDREN)

THIS REPORT IS SUPPORTED BY RORY PECK TRUST

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