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Deadly COVID 19 Has Orphaned 4,000 Nigerian Children

Deadly COVID 19 Has Orphaned 4,000 Nigerian Children

  • An estimated 4,000 Nigerian children have lost their parents to COVID 19 since the start of the pandemic, according to a report by World Bank Experts
  • The report also stated that more than 4,100 children in Nigeria lost one or both primary caregivers in the same timeframe, while 4,300 lost one or both primary and secondary caregivers
  • Another World Bank report has now estimated that for every two COVID deaths, one child is orphaned globally, leading to an “orphan crisis”

As Nigeria braces up for the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, a report from World Bank has revealed that the effect of the pandemic has been more catastrophic than believed.

The statistics report which was developed by World Bank experts at the Imperial College of London has revealed that more than 4,000 Nigerian children have lost a parent to COVID 19 between March 2020 and July 2021.

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The report also disclosed that over 4,100 children lost at least one primary caregiver, while 4,300 children lost a primary or secondary caregiver in that period.

Another World Bank report published on Tuesday states that for every 2 COVID-19 deaths in the world, one child is left orphaned.

The pandemic has pushed the global toll of orphaned children above 2 million as of the end of June 2021.

Note: The World Bank report categorizes children to be people who are below the age of 18 years.

The report also stated that at the current rate, a child is orphaned by COVID 19 related deaths every 12 seconds.

The World Bank believes that the orphan rate increases the risk of malnutrition, poverty, violence, depression and displacement among children.

As of 21 July 2021 Nigeria has recorded 170,122 cases and 2,130 deaths.

With a third wave of the pandemic set to begin, the damage caused by the deaths could become even more catastrophic if something drastic is not done about it.

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