SEATTLE, Washington — The platform Beating Corona Nigeria recently updated its model to better serve the needs of disadvantaged Nigerians during the COVID-19 pandemic. IT News Africa called Beating Corona the continent’s “leading virtual intervention database,” meaning the platform is the primary medium through which Nigerians can discover the people and groups who are responding to the pandemic’s challenges in their communities.
Beating Corona Nigeria’s Database Updates
With its new update, the platform now includes the following features:
- A search bar – The search bar makes resources easier to find and allows users to refine their search by region and the type of help they are looking for—whether its nutritional foods, household items, business support, mental health services or medical supplies.
- Intervention breakdowns – The platform provides information on which types of interventions are available and how users can access and contribute to these interventions.
- A blog providing updates – The blog helps inform and update citizens on the COVID-19 situation in Nigeria. Recently, the blog covered topics such as the actions of national leaders, the economic side of quarantines and the search for information on the deaths in Kano, among others.
- “Get Listed” button – This button allows users to submit information on new interventions. This feature grants the platform freedom to continue expanding its database to serve more Nigerians in need.
Status of COVID-19 in Nigeria
The Future Project, in partnership with YNaija, first launched Beating Corona Nigeria on April 9 before the state government in Kano, one of Nigeria’s COVID-19 hotspots, even acknowledged the outbreak in Nigeria. The New York Times reported that Kano experienced an “unchecked outbreak” due to a lack of government action and public awareness. As a result, the true number of residents who died from the virus could be far higher than the official count of confirmed deaths.
According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, as of June 23, Nigeria’s total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 sits at 20,919. The country’s total number of confirmed deaths is 525. In Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city, there are 8,864 lab-confirmed cases and 126 confirmed deaths. In Kano, the second-largest city, there are 1,190 lab-confirmed cases and 51 deaths, according to Nigeria’s official numbers.
Time will tell how closely these statistics align with the reality of the COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria.
Nigeria Moves Forward with COVID-19 Prevention Efforts
With all the interventions listed on the Beating Corona platform and with increased action from the Nigerian government, there is hope the country will turn a corner in its fight against COVID-19.
As Reuters reported, Nigeria announced on May 18 that the nation would “impose precision lockdown” measures in the areas most affected by the virus. Kano experienced an extended lockdown, while the Ogun state, Lagos and Abuja slowed its reopening stages. The government also established a national curfew, further adding to these lockdown measures.
While these measures play out day-to-day in Nigeria, Beating Corona Nigeria will continue to connect disadvantaged Nigerians with the supplies and services they need. With this avenue available to discover the interventions that can better help and serve them, Nigerians will hopefully have a better chance of thriving in the wake of the pandemic.
– Emily Dexter