By Lilian Okoro
The Gender and COVID-19 Project in Nigeria says all is set to review its preliminary findings from a qualitative research conducted on strategic demography of Lagos State residents.
Amy Oyekunle, the Executive Director of Monii Development Consult, which carried out the research, made the disclosure in Lagos.
Oyekunle said the preliminary findings from the qualitative research suggested the need for a review and round table discussion to provide suggestions, response, measures and recommendations to create policy and relevant public health interventions in Lagos State.
“Government’s inability to rapidly respond to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic both at the State and Federal levels highlight the poor state of our healthcare policy framework in responding to health pandemics within the country,” Oyekunle said.
She said the research conducted comprised of adolescents, men and women in slum communities, women in informal markets, people with disabilities, health workers and policy makers.
She added that it was conducted to fully understand the impact of COVID-19 on health seeking behaviour, household responsibilities, livelihood, social networks and norms.
“This qualitative research also highlight the lack of consideration and specialised care for women, girls, persons living with disability, the LGBTQ community, and people residing in slum communities within Lagos State.
“Despite women making up about 87 per cent of the healthcare workforce, they had limited decision-making opportunities in the response strategies of the government to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our findings also records an increase in gender based violence to women and girls, an underlining effect from the COVID-19 pandemic which hasn’t been properly recorded, addressed and managed,”she said.
According to her, the review of the preliminary findings on gender and COVID-19 study by the Gender and COVID-19 Project in Nigeria will be taking place at Chesterfield Hotel at Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja.
“The meeting which would be engaging critical stakeholders in Lagos State, would also include an overview of the Gender and COVID-19 project and an update of preliminary findings from the study followed by discussions and feedback from stakeholders,” she said.
Oyekunle said the goal of the Gender and COVID-19 Project in Nigeria was to conduct a gender analysis to identify and document the differential gendered effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and gaps in preparedness and response measures in a dynamic way
She said it is aimed at providing real time guidance and recommendations to policy makers and other key stakeholders. (NAN)